By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”Barring any unforeseen circumstance, the stockpile of landmines, unexploded ordinance and explosive remnants of war recovered in Imo State will be destroyed tomorrow, at the shooting range of the 34 Field Artillery Brigade, Obinze, near Owerri.
Although invitation letters had since been distributed, Vanguard gathered, however, that Governor Ikedi Ohakim quickly reached the management of the demining group barely a few days after Saturday Vanguard raised alarm about the abandoned bombs.
â€œThe step is in consideration of the safety of the citizenry within its area of jurisdiction. The Governor has actually got in touch with the demining group and a date has been chosen for the blasting of the recovered explosives,â€ an impeccable Government House source, said.
Confirming the development also, the demining groupâ€™s Chief of Media/Information, Dr. Emeka Uhuegbu, explained that the stockpile of explosives would be destroyed as originally planned, adding that a date has been picked for the destruction of the bombs.
â€œWe have been reached by Governor Ikedi Ohakim on this issue and the blast-off will definitely take place before the Christmas. We are pleased that the Governor is worried about the safety of the people and has come out boldly to assist in this crusade to make the land safe for all to use,â€ Uhuegbu said.
Dr. Uhuegbu further said that â€œconsequent upon a timely intervention by theÂ leaders of the South East and South South geo-political zone, the humanitarian demining exercise will continue to a conclusive end.
He, however, lamented that â€œthe Ministry of Defence has not shown any interest in fulfilling its obligation towards the life saving exercise.â€