President Bola Tinubu has granted immediate approval for the emergency procurement of sophisticated security equipment. The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, made this announcement during a press interview on Monday.
Wike expressed satisfaction with the president’s proactive measures, emphasizing that the new security equipment would significantly enhance the government’s ability to combat criminal activities.
The Nations reported he disclosed that recent arrests of informants linked to the spate of kidnappings and killings in the nation’s capital had provided crucial information leading to the apprehension of some perpetrators.
While the minister did not provide specific details about the arrested individuals, he stated that the obtained information had already resulted in the successful parade of arrested kidnappers by the police over the weekend.
Wike highlighted the challenges faced in the past due to inadequate security equipment and stressed that the emergency procurement approval by President Tinubu would now enable a more effective response.
“Assuming Mr. President did not approve this emergency procurement, we had been to the Bureau for Public Procurement since December to allow it to procure under emergency. If you don’t and you have to go through the whole hog of the processes, it can take you two months and that is not what you tell members of the public, that the procurement process is a problem. No.
“The basic thing is having identified all these and the security agencies have told us this is what they require, we had to do the needful. We have even gone further to ask the state director of DSS about what they would need to tackle this menace. What kind of equipment do you want? Not that if anything happens, you have to run to your headquarters to seek assistance. Before you go to your headquarters, something else would have happened. But if you have this equipment, you don’t need to seek approval of your headquarters to begin to seek equipment to track the criminals.”