The Department of State Services (DSS) will soon begin producing Unmanned Area Vehicles, AK-47s, and other weapons for its missions., according to Director-General Yusuf Bichi.
Bichi explained at the graduation ceremony of the Executive Intelligence Management Course in Abuja that the initiative is intended to reduce the country’s reliance on imported weapons and the enormous resources invested in their procurement.
“We shall support the institute in its training programmes. We’ll also continue to pay attention to our research and development,” Bichi said in his address on Saturday.
Bichi revealed that the DSS manufactured the AK-47s in its possession and will soon begin manufacturing UAVs (drones).
“Sooner or later we shall start eating what we produce. It means we shall start deploying some of the assets we have or the platforms we produce by ourselves, including Unmanned Area Vehicles,” he said.
Although Bichi did not specify when he expects UAV production to begin, he made it clear that the DSS’s success will save the country from the “pain of the resources being chunked out to buy such weapons.”
“I promise the other security agencies that the DSS will continue to provide you with proactive intelligence to drive your operations intelligence,” he added.
The DSS DG also asked citizens of Plateau and Kaduna to work together to address their differences. “It is now time for you and me to return Plateau to its 1970s situation where Plateau or Jos was seen as a tourist, attractive state or city. But with conflict, all the industries in Plateau are gone.”
Bichi concluded by encouraging Nigerians to refrain from uttering derogatory remarks about their leaders. “If you are patient enough, you can be able to achieve what somebody achieved now or in the near future.”