The Nigerian Army extends its assurance to the residents of Owode Ajilete in Ogun State concerning the anticipated loud sounds of explosives during a significant operation.
The detonation of these explosives is part of “EXERCISE CLEAN SWEEP,” aimed at clearing remnants of unexploded ordnances from the site of the 2002 Ikeja Cantonment Bomb Blast.
This exercise, overseen by Director Army Public Relations, Brig. General Onyema Nwachukwu, is in advanced stages and has already led to the recovery of various calibres of unexploded ordnances that require professional and safe disposal.
As previously 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 has scheduled the disposal of these recovered unexploded ordnances at the Nigerian Army Range in Owode, Ajilete, Ogun State.
The operation is set to take place on Friday, 27 October 2023, from 10 am to 4 pm.
During the transportation of these unexploded ordnances from Ikeja Cantonment to Nigerian Army Shooting Range, Owode, Ajilete, the detonation of explosives is expected to produce a loud noise, audible from a considerable distance.
In light of this, the Nigerian Army urges the general public, especially residents of Owode, Ajilete, and the surrounding areas, not to be alarmed but to continue with their regular and lawful activities.
The explosive sounds, though significant, do not pose a security threat.
A specific appeal is made to farmers and landowners within the vicinity of the Nigerian Army Shooting Range Ajilete, Owode Ogun State, to stay clear during the exercise for their safety.
The Nigerian Army emphasizes that all necessary precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of lives and property throughout the duration of this exercise.