The Nigerian Army said it will on Friday October 27, commence the disposal of unexploded bombs recovered from the clearance site inside Ikeja military cantonment in Lagos.

The Force said the detonation of the bombs will take place at the force’s shooting range inside Ajilete in Owode area of Ogun State.

A statement from the Army Spokesman Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu said the clearance of remnants of unexploded ordnances from the site of the 2002 Ikeja Cantonment Bomb Blast commenced on Tuesday 10 October 2023 in an Exercise codenamed “EXERCISE CLEAN SWEEP”.

The statement  said the detonation of the explosives which will commence on Friday from 10am to 4pm would produce loud bang that would be heard from far and near during the exercise.
The Army urged the public, particularly residents of Owode, Ajilete and the environs not panic, but go about their normal and legitimate businesses, as the sound of the explosion would not raise any security concern.
Specifically the Army to farmers and farm owners within and around the perimeters of the Nigerian Army Shooting Range Ajilete, Owode Ogun State, to please stay clear during the period of the exercise, a assuring that necessary cautionary measures have been emplaced to guarantee safety of life and property throughout the duration of the exercise.
The Army spokesman said the EXERCISE CLEAN SWEEP has reached an advanced stage, resulting in the recovery of various calibres of unexploded ordnances, which will have to be professionally and safely disposed.
He said that in line with the Exercise plan, earlier highlighted during the inauguration press briefing and Flag Off by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja on 10 October 2023, the Nigerian Army would be conducting disposal of recovered unexploded ordnances at the Nigerian Army Range in Owode, Ajilete, Ogun State.

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