In an ongoing operation dubbed ‘Exercise Clean Sweep,’ the Nigerian Army has successfully recovered 93 unexploded ordnances, commonly known as bombs, from the Ikeja Military Cantonment in Lagos.
The operation, initiated to clear the area after a bomb blast in 2002, aims to ensure the safety and security of the cantonment and its surroundings.
Colonel Abdulrazaq Kazeem, the Director at the Directorate of Explosives Search and Disposal, Nigeria Army Engineers, and Coordinator of ‘Exercise Clean Sweep,’ confirmed the recovery during his briefing.
He stated that the retrieved bombs varied in calibers and descriptions. The recovery team is diligently working to ensure that they reach the specified explosive limit before moving the ordnances to a safe range for disposal.
Despite previous clearance and disposal exercises at the site, remnants of unexploded ordnances have been discovered, posing a threat to the safety of the Cantonment’s inhabitants and the surrounding environment.
To address this issue, the operation has been meticulously planned, with safety being a top priority.
Lieutenant Colonel Oluseyi Oladapo Bamikole, the Safety Officer, assured that necessary safety measures, including demarcations and trained personnel, have been implemented.
These precautions are in place to identify unexploded ordnances before recovery, ensuring the safety of all personnel involved in this critical mission.
The recovery of these unexploded bombs marks a significant step towards enhancing the safety and security of the affected area, highlighting the dedication of the Nigerian Army to protect the community and its residents.