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20 Policemen to undergo training on bomb detection, others

By Emma Nnadozie
LAGOS — Commissioner of Police in-charge of Explosive Ordinance Disposal, EOD, Unit of the Nigeria Police Force, Mr. Chris Olakpe, weekend, announced that 20 officers and men of the unit will be undergoing a special training on bomb detection, neutralisation and post blast analysis to be sponsored by the Police Attache to the Embassy of France.

Olakpe who was speaking during the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit Commanders’ conference at its headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos also announced that dedicated mobile phones had been procured for distribution to all the commands of the unit.

He charged the commanders to procure lines and circulate the numbers to government and people in their respective areas of jurisdiction as emergency lines of contact.

The Police commissioner who extolled the achievements recorded so far by his commanders in the units said the interaction between the headquarters and their commanders would go a long way in fostering good working relationship for the unit and enable him pass across important directives from the Force Headquarters to all Commanders and update current policies of the Inspector-General of Police.

According to him, “this interaction will go a long way in fostering a good working relationship between me and you. Your continuous cooperation and collaboration with other security agencies is also worthy of commendation as no operational friction has been reported.   I implore you to continue the synergy.

“I will also advise you not to rest on your oars, since terrorists keep changing their tactics.   You should
make the newly acquired EOD equipment your best companions by efficiently and effectively deploying them whenever necessary especially at the Airports, Seaports and other entry points.  While handling the detectors/equipment, extreme care should be taken to prevent early breakdown.


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