$40m Internet Surveillance Deal: Senate Kept In The Dark

SenateThe Senate has denied knowledge of the $40m Internet surveillance contract the Federal Government reportedly awarded to an Israeli company, Elbit Systems.

Speaking in Abuja on the controversial deal, the Leader of the Senate, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, said that he did not know if a provision for the project was in the 2013 budget.

He said, “I am not aware of the contract. We don’t have those details. There are thousands of items in the budget. It will be difficult for me to say.”

When quizzed if the Senate would investigate the matter, he said, “I cannot answer that question now. It will simply be academic to give any answer since I do not have the details.”

Also, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Accounts, Senator Ahmed Lawan, while responding to inquiries, said he did not have details on the contract.

He said, “I am trying to get the details of the contract. I don’t have to be frivolous; once I get the details, then we will talk.”