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Federal Government To Monitor Phone Calls, Whatsapp Of Nigerians

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National Assembly approves N4.87billion for an NIA to monitor WhatsApp calls, messages, others

The National Intelligence Agency has got an N4.87bn budget to track, intercept and monitor calls and messages on mobile devices, including Thuraya and WhatsApp.

According to a report by Punch, the amount is part of the augmented N895.8bn supplementary budget submitted by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), last month and approved by both chambers of the National Assembly last week

The budget according to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropthe nation, Senator Barau Jibrin, is meant to procure equipment for the military and to fight the further spread of COVID-19.

Details of the supplementary budget obtained by Punch revealed that the NIA would spend N2,938,650,000 on the Thuraya interception solution, while the WhatsApp interception solution would gto up N1,931,700,000.

Apart from this, the NIA got additional N129m to enable its personnel to embark on foreign training.

The Defence Intelligence Agencycenterts part got a capital vote of N16.8bn to provide infrastructure, cyber intelligence, ce, center/laboratory, independent lawful intercept platform (voice and advanced data monitoring), and tactical mobile geological platform.

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Ojogwu Godwin Chukwudi hailed from Delta State. A young talented personality, Alumnus of Delta State university,Abraka Studied Library and information science. He is an intellectual cyber communicator expert and a prolific blogger professional.

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