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Include recovery of explosives in amnesty scheme, says CP

By George Onah
Port Harcourt— The Commissioner of Police in charge of Anti-bomb Squad, Mr. Chris Olakpe has urged the Federal Government’s amnesty team to include the recovery of explosives in illegal possession in its scheme of operation.

Olakpe, who was in Port Harcourt to see Governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, described explosives as a more devastating instrument which must be recovered from illegal use to ensure the safety of the environment
Already, he said, men of the Anti-bomb Unit have been dispatched to Maiduguri to detonate explosives recovered from the Boko Haram sect, while efforts were being made to recover and detonate those from Bauchi State and other parts of the country.

On the new charge to fish out and detonate explosives in Rivers State, the Anti-bomb Police boss said the disarmament process would soon commence and called for the cooperation of the people of the state in ridding the environment of explosives.

He said the state got two new tiger 4×4 vehicles, equipped with explosive antidote configuration, while his visit was also part of efforts to beef up all aspects of Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit in the state to meet present realities.
Olakpe explained that he had already visited the Port Harcourt refinery to educate workers on steps to be taken in the event of explosion and how to determine what constitutes dynamite or bomb.

He said he was also using part of his visit to launch an awareness campaign in the state and praised the state government for its assistance to the unit, particularly with the provision of new pick up vehicle to ease its assignments.

On his part, Governor Amaechi assured Olakpe that members of the amnesty committee would be reminded to request those surrendering arms to also hand over explosives in their possession.

“Thank you for drawing our attention to the issue of explosives.  Having reminded me, I will bring it to the attention of the amnesty committee to also request them to surrender their explosives like dynamites,” he said.


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