The Federal Government is proposing to spend a total sum of N4.93bn to acquire intelligence equipment, assault rfies, cellular jammer and other security gadgets for the Department of State Services in 2017. Details of the proposed spending are contained in the 2017 budget, which was submitted to a joint session of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari on December 14. The N7.3tn budget has a total capital vote of N2.24tn, representing 30.7 per cent of the budget, while the recurrent component stands at N2.98tn with the rest allocated to debt servicing.
A breakdown of the N4.93bn reveals that the sum of N1.45bn is budgeted for maintenance and service warranties for all communication intelligence equipment for the DSS, while N340m is budgeted for the purchase of Trevor assault rifles.
The government is also proposing to purchase handheld direction finder for the DSS at a sum of N97.9m, while the acquisition of antennae forensic solution and the purchase of Orion mines detectors are expected to gulp N648m and N25m respectively.
Similarly, the purchase of Sony handheld radios is being proposed for N216m, while the sums of N150m, N22m, N168m are budgeted for Oscor blue analyser, cellular jammer and armoured land-cruiser vehicles respectively. In the same vein, N3.9m is budgeted for laptops for intelligence processing; N5m for purchase of surveillance audio microphone set; N37.9m for the purchase of Jericho pistol for the service; N35m for cyber security equipment; N21.9m for the acquisition of handheld detectors and N102.5m to link crime database to all formations.
The rest are the acquisition of ballistic helmet, N25m; backpack bomb jammer, N70.5m; purchase of 5.56mm ammunition for the service, N407m; convoy protection bomb jammer, N250.8m, and the purchase of 7.62mm ammunition for the service N75m.