The Nigerian Army has initiated the process of safely disposing of unexploded ordnances remaining from the 2002 Ikeja Cantonment Bomb Blast in a significant operation known as “EXERCISE CLEAN SWEEP.”
The exercise, which commenced on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, has reached an advanced stage, resulting in the recovery of various types of unexploded ordnances that require professional disposal.
As outlined during the Inauguration press briefing and Flag Off by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General TA Lagbaja, the Nigerian Army is set to conduct the disposal of the recovered unexploded ordnances at the Nigerian Army Range in Owode Ajilete, Ogun State.
This crucial operation is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 27, 2023, from 10 am to 4 pm. As a part of this process, there will be the movement of unexploded ordnances from Ikeja Cantonment to the Nigerian Army Range in Owode Ajilete.
During the disposal exercise, residents in the vicinity, particularly those in Owode, Ajilete, and the surrounding areas, may hear loud sounds. It is essential for the public to remain calm and not be alarmed, as these sounds are in line with the established disposal routine.
The Nigerian Army assured that all necessary safety measures have been implemented to guarantee the security of lives and property throughout the duration of the exercise.
The Nigerian Army, therefore, urged the general public to go about their regular activities with confidence and not be concerned by the sounds of the explosions. This operation is being conducted with the utmost care and in compliance with safety standards.
The public is kindly requested to help disseminate this information to ensure everyone is aware and informed. The Nigerian Army expresses gratitude for the usual cooperation of the public in this important safety endeavor.