Army Moves Last Batch of Unexploded Bombs from Ikeja Cantonment to Ajilete in Ogun
Nigerian Army is to conduct the final disposal at Ajilete in Ogun State. Of the last batch of unexploded ordnances recovered from the site of the 2002 bomb explosion at the army cantonment in Ikeja Lagos.
The final disposal of the unexploded bombs will take place at the army shooting range at Ajilete, near Owode Yewa on Saturday.
The first batch of the unexploded bombs were evacuated to the army range last October 27, and disposed.
Army spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement said there would be movement of the last batch from the cantonment to the disposal site at Ajilete.
He asked people in Owode Yewa, Ajilete and its environs, not to panic on the heavy sound of explosions, adding that steps had been taken to ensure safety of lives and properties in the axis.
The clearance of the unexploded bomb from the Ikeja cantonment to Ajilete began last October 10.
The Army spokesman said the exercise has reached an advanced stage resulting in the recovery of various calibres of unexploded ordnances, out of which 642 were professionally disposed on October 27, 2023 at the NA Range in Owode Ajilete.
“The search and recovery phase of the exercise have been completed and has now dovetailed into the final inspection of the site, which has earnestly commenced,” he said.
The statement added that in line with the exercise plan, “a final Unexploded Ordnance Disposal (UXO) task will be conducted on completion of the site inspection on Saturday 18 November 2023, at the Nigerian Army Range in Owode Ajilete, Ogun State.
“Accordingly, there would be movement of UXOs from Ikeja Cantonment to NA Range, Owode Ajilete. There would also be large sounds accompanying the detonation exercise.”
He, therefore, urged members of the public, especially those resident around Owode Ajilete and the environs not to panic on hearing the sound of explosions, but go about their normal businesses.
He assured that necessary safety measures have been emplaced to ensure safety of life and property throughout the duration of the exercise.