– A female staff in Aso Rock was wounded in a case of accidental discharge
– DSS operative was trying to drop his gun when the accident happened
– She was taken to the hospital for treatment
Gun shot was recorded at the Aso Rock Presidential villa leading to the hospitalisation of a female staff member.
The accident happened on Wednesday, January 4 when an operative of the Department of State Service accidentally discharged his weapon.
The gun was discharged at the reception of the administration block of the Villa and hit a female staff.
According to witnesses, she sustained injuries on her stomach and laps and was rushed to the State House Medical Centre where she is currently being treated.
Sources said the DSS operative was trying to trying to drop his gun as requested by the security officers attached to the reception as he is not among the security officers assigned to the reception.
Meanwhile, The federal government is proposing to spend a total sum of N4.93 billion to acquire intelligence equipment, assault rifles, cellular jammer and other security gadgets for the DSS 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, 2016.
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.
According to Punch, a breakdown of the N4.93 billion reveals that the sum of N1.45 billion is budgeted for maintenance and service warranties for all communication intelligence equipment for the DSS, while N340 million 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 N648 million and N25 million respectively.