The Nigeria Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit has revealed that it recovered an explosive material from the premises of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.
According to the Imo Police Command, 80mm Mortal Bomb was evacuated to the EOD base in the state.
“On August 16, 2019, technicians from EOD base, Owerri, recovered an 80mm Mortal Bomb on INEC premises, Umuguma, Owerri South Local Government Area, Imo State. The UXO was however evacuated to EOD base, Owerri Storage Magazine.
Also on 27 August, 2019, the police recovered 50 cartridges of commercial high explosive and 100 pieces of electric detonator at the El-Rufai Motor Park in Abuja.
“On August 27, 2019, around 8.30pm, EOD personnel in conjunction with the FCT Police Command recovered 50 cartridges of commercial high explosive and 100 pieces of electric detonator at El-Rufai Motor Park, Nyanya, Abuja. Two suspects were apprehended and that matter is being investigated,” the command stated.
In another development, implosive explosive devices were also recovered from the premises of the BUA Cement Company in Okpella, Edo State.
“We need to fortify the entry and exit points of our country with the provision of these two vehicles. They will go a long way to help us detect materials that are illegally coming into our country. It will help us to put an end to the nefarious activities of these criminals,” Maikudi Shehu, the EOD Commissioner of Police said on Monday in Lagos while receiving two mobile detection systems donated by the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration, Office of Nuclear Smuggling Detection and Deterrence.
“We are starting with two. We will discuss with the Inspector-General of Police to know how best to deploy these vehicles. When we do that and see how effective they are, then we will have to procure more to be able to cover other borders.
“I urge all participants to ensure effective use of the equipment and utilise the knowledge to be acquired from this training to enhance our national nuclear security.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.