Yes, it is those same computers that INEC officials used during the electioneering process in 2011. The very same computers that had a lot of controversies surrounding them: some were said to have been found in the hands of unscrupulous elements; some were said to be malfunctioning; while some were claimed to have been outright stolen.
At another point, in the earlier part of this year, some of these machines were said to be rotting away wherever it is that they were kept. The machines were said to have cost INEC about 35 billion naira to procure. Alas, these same machine are about to be put up for sale by the electoral commission.
Information coming from the National Commissioner, Information and Publicity Committee for Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Chief Solomon Soyebi, reveals that the machines will be put up for sale immediately after a committee that has been set up to oversee the sales comes up with its recommendations.
Meanwhile, they target buyers have been identified. The information commissioner has said that the machine will be sold to state governments who are expected to make them available for the use of secondary school students. We only hope that another committee will not have to be set up to make sure that these machines are used for the intended purposes. However, the 132,000 machines (are they still up to that?) are said to be worth about 35 bilion naira, the same amount they cost when they were newly procured, still complete and in good shape!
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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