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Police EOD threatens to shut down mines, others over explosives

Police EOD threatens to shut down mines, others over explosives

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal of the Nigeria Police Force, Thursday warned that firms dealing with explosives in the country May be shut down if they fail to adhere to standard procedures.

According to the Command, it has become necessary to enforce strict compliance to best practices in the importation and and circulation of explosives in order to prevent terrorists froms having access to them.

The Commissioner of Police, EOD, Maikudi Sheu, gave the warning in Lagos during a meeting with explosives and radioactive material stakeholders, including a delegation from Ministry of Mines.

According Sheu, the meeting was part of the command’s efforts to address the security challenges in the country, especially in the North-East and Zamfara State.

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He said: “As part of the control measures, importers of explosive and radioactive materials must follow standard procedures by obtaining due permit/licence from regulatory bodies and the Inspector-General of Police.

“We will ensure that explosive magazines, which fail to measure up to the required standards, are closed down. We have increased surveillance in states where there are mining activities and established chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear section to checkmate unauthorised use, storage, transportation and importation of explosives by social miscreants.”

The CP, who commended his men for their performance during the 2019 General Elections, called on EOD base commanders to leverage on the technology in combating new tactics adopted by criminals, adding that they must remain unwavering in the fight against insurgency.

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