Armoured vehicle manufactured in Ekiti state
Obasa Specialty Vehicle (OSV), a local automobile company has shared photos of its latest armoured vehicle in Ijero-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
The all-terrain vehicle made in Nigeria is nicknamed ‘Tekowi’.
The armoured vehicle was designed by two brothers, High Chief Johnson Obasa and Victor Obasa.
The company was commissioned on December 5, 1980, by the late High Chief Joe Oluware Obasa, a car distributor for Peugeot Automobile Nigeria (PAN). Eventually, the company was later upgraded to manufacture unusual vehicles for security personnel and civilian usage by his two sons.
The all-terrain vehicle ‘Tekowi‘ was coined from “te oko wi.” This is an Ekiti local dialect which means sandals or boots that farmers and hunters wear regularly to the bush to step on anything. Tekowi is, therefore, a combination of ruggedness and luxury.
Tekowi is a hand-made vehicle with simple tools, using locally sourced materials. Apart from Obasa Speciality Vehicle, ProForce is another indigenous armoured vehicle manufacturing company in Nigeria.
Below are the pictures of the armoured tank: