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Gunshot Reported at Aso Rock, Female Worker Injured

fabian tarpael, abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Muhammadu Buhari.

Gun shot was recorded at the Administrative Reception of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, leadng to the hospitalisation of a female staff member.

The female worker was injured on her thigh, back and a part of her back.

The woman was rushed to the State House Medical Centre in Asokoro after initial treatment at the medical centre within the Presidential Villa.

She was still on admission at the State House Medical Centre in Asokoro at the time of filing this report.

Sources said the security personnel 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.