Police Discovers Explosives in INEC Office

EMERGENCY DIGEST – Explosives have been discovered by the police on the grounds of the Independent Electoral Commission office, Owerri, Imo State.

Explosives were recovered by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit of the Nigeria Police Force.

The  80mm Mortal Bomb was evacuated to the EOD base in the state.

They also recounted how three IEDs were recovered from the BUA Cement Company premises in Okpella, Edo State on October 1, 2019.

The Police said “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”.

He went onto say “On August 27, 2019, around 8.30pm, EOD personnel in conjunction with the FCT Police Command recovered 50 cartridges of commercial high explosives eand 100 pieces of electric detonator at El-Rufai Motor Park, Nyanya, Abuja. Two suspects were apprehended and that matter is being investigated,”.

The police unit disclosed these in Lagos on Monday 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.

Maikudi Sheu, who is the EOD Commissioner of Police said two special vehicles would assist the command in stopping explosives being smuggled into the country.

He said, “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.

“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.

He went on to say: “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.”

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