In Benue State, Saturday PUNCH found that the number of bulletproof vehicles currently available for the use of the state governor, Samuel Ortom, his deputy and their spouses are 12.
One of our correspondents gathered that while Ortom and his wife are using five of the cars, the deputy governor and his spouse use three.
A source at the Government House said the immediate past governor, Gabriel Suswam, left six bulletproof cars for Ortom, while Suswam inherited two from the erstwhile governor, George Akume.
Investigation revealed that the model and year of each of the bulletproof vehicles belonging to Ortom are 2012 Mercedes Benz S550; 2015 Mercedes S550; two 2014 BMW 7 series; 2015 Lexus LX; two Toyota Land Cruiser and two 2013 Escalade.
A Government House source said that each of the bulletproof vehicles cost between N70m and N120m.
The source added that Ortom bought two of the vehicles in addition to the eight purchased by Suswam.
The Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Terver Akase, declined to comment on the bulletproof vehicles.
He said, ‘The question you put before me is purely security matter. Therefore, I cannot comment on that because if I do, it means I am exposing my boss to danger. It is not proper to ask me to tell you what kind of cars my governor is using. So, it is not right for me to disclose such information.”
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