More Unexploded Ordnances (UXOs) planted during the Nigerian Civil War were located and recovered successfully from Anambra, Imo, and Delta States, police said on Thursday.
The recoveries, which were carried out by police command of the Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD), were mostly found by builders as they digged foundations for their properties, Maikudi Shehu informed journalists on Thursday.
Shehu, who was in Lagos with senior officers, base / unit commanders, for the third quarter conference of the CP EOD, said the UXOs were recovered and demobilized between May and August.
He said: “The successes recorded during this period are in the area of UXOs which were left after the civil war. We recovered some of them in Imo, Anambra and Delta States. They were discovered by builders while digging foundations and who quickly notified the police. We moved in quickly to see how to secure those things and demobilise them without any injury to the public.
“We also ensured we did it quietly to avoid causing panic among the people. About 10 incidents were recorded, and we successfully recovered and demobilised those UXOs. There is need for us to continue to upgrade and ensure that our technicians receive the best training to stay on top of their game for the people’s safety.
“We advice people against touching suspicious objects but they should alert the nearest police station so that EOD experts would be dispatched to inspect, recover and diffuse such objects if they are harmful.”
Addressing the conference on the subject “Curtailing Internal Security threat in line with Global Best Practices,” Shehu said that two portable radiation detection devices had been donated by the U.S. Department of Energy (US-DOE), the Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence Office (NSDD).
According to him, the donation was in support of National Nuclear Security (NNS), and after training operators and maintainers, the equipment would be implemented.
He added: “They (US) just gave the police two vans which will be inaugurated by the Inspector General of Police (IG). The Americans are sending their personnel here to train our men. They will train the drivers and technicians who will be using these equipments so that they can also train others.”
The police chief said the department would concentrate on enhancing structures on the expectations for the next quarter, including their operatives ‘ skills to continue delivering excellent leadership as the lead security agency.