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New explosives department to fight terror

19 June 2013, 13:12

Abuja - The Nigerian police force has established an Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) to assist government curb terrorism.

Ten such centres have been set up in Bauchi, Birnin-Kebbi, Dutse, Gombe, Gusau, Lafia, Lagos, Minna and Umuahia.

Minister of Police Affairs, Caleb Olubolade, said the establishment of the EOD units followed a presidential directive that all companies involved in the use of explosive materials should be registered.

“We have been able to have a database on companies involved in the use of explosives such as radioactive, biological and chemical material in the country,” he said.

Olubolade added that the measure was to guard against illegal use of the materials in view of the emerging crime of terrorism in the country.

He said the steps included the provision of logistics for the police and promoting better cooperation and intelligence exchange with fellow security agencies.

"This is part of pragmatic steps that have been taken in the last two years to transform the police and address insecurity in the country,"
Olubolade said.

- CAJ News

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