The ninth National Assembly has accepted a N4.87bn budget proposal for the National Intelligence Agency to trace, intercept and monitor calls and messages on cellular devices, together with Thuraya and WhatsApp.
Nigeria Government Approves N4.87bn To Track Calls, WhatsApp, the amount is a part of the N895.8bn supplementary budget submitted by the President Muhammadu Buhari, last month and accepted by each chambers of the federal parliament last week after growing it by about N87bn.
The budget in accordance with the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Barau Jibrin, is supposed to obtain gear for the military and to combat additional unfold of COVID-19.
Particulars of the supplementary budget obtained by our correspondent revealed that the NIA would spend N2,938,650,000 on the Thuraya interception resolution, whereas the WhatsApp interception solution would gulp N1, 931,700,000.
Other than this, the NIA got extra N129m to allow its personnel embark on overseas training.
The Defence Intelligence Agency, on its part, got a capital vote of N16.8bn to supply infrastructure, cyber intelligence centre/laboratory, unbiased lawful intercept platform (voice and superior information monitoring) and tactical cellular geological platform.