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Nigerian Army To Clear North-East Of IEDs

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 at 9:22 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oladele Ogunsola  / Ibadan

 

To avoid explosions in the post Boko-Haram North-Eastern part of the country, the Nigerian Army said in Ibadan on Thursday that its engineers would clear the zone of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) which might have been planted in the area by the insurgents.

This came to fore as Nigerian Army Engineers across the country converged for the second quarter conference of the Commander Corps of Engineers held at the Tiger Officers’ Mess, Agodi, Ibadan.

At the conference where the Army discussed on the strategies on how to clear the IEDs planted by the Boko Haram insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 2 Division, Nasiru Muazu stressed the need for army engineers to ensure the removal of the IEDs planted by the insurgent.

Muazu who declared the conference open said that such was necessary because the war against the insurgents would soon come to an end.

According to him, “the war has almost come to an end and this is the phase where Nigerian Army Engineers are really required. At this time, we normally experience the threats of unexploded IEDs and if you (Army Engineers) go there (North-East), you will all come back alive.’’

The Army officer stated that the fight against insurgency was ongoing and urge

Nigerians to support the armed forces by providing necessary information about the hideouts of the insurgents and their activities, adding, “for us in uniform, ours is to deal with them and bring the war to an end.’’

The Commander, Corps of Engineer, Sadana Davies, described the fight against Boko Haram as a sappers’ war, considering the preponderance of IEDs, which the troops have to contend with.

Davies noted that the engineer troops had performed creditably so far, judging from reports and what he saw during his visit, but, he however said that much was still required to be done.

He said; “Presently in the North East, there are lots of IEDs that are preponderant in the North-East battle. It is our responsibility to see to the removal and clearing of the IEDs and we are playing a very
significant role.

“Almost everywhere that was captured before by the insurgents was laid with IEDs and we have removed virtually all except the Sambisa area now.

“The nation and our headquarters have provided for both men and equipment. We owe Nigerians real returns on this and we are doing all we can to see that our soldiers there are able to move, live and fight,” he said.