The National FADAMA Project in conjunction with the Nigerian Army have organized a three day sensitization programme for traditional, religious leaders and Farmers from 1500 villages across the 24 Local government areas of Borno state that were affected and previously occupied by Boko Haram Terrorists before their regain.
Speaking at the event yesterday, Engineering Corp of 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Lt. Col MC Akin-Ojo noted that the programme was to educate the participants on identification and disposal of unexploded ordinance, IEDS and land-mines which, he said, was necessary considering government’s decision to close all IDPs camps before may 29 this year.
His words: “the posibility of having landmines and IEDS in homes, farmlands, places of worship, water points, schools, clinics and other places is high. Because they were meant to deter soldiers and obstruct movement of soldiers or damage their vehicles but sadly, most of these explosives ended up killing innocent civilians being soft targets of the insurgents.
Lt Col Akn- Ojo further explained the various types of IEDs, landmines, suicide bombers, explosive laden vehicles and radio controlled explosives and timed bombs, and he demonstrated various ways of detonating the explosives.
He advised the people to alert security operatives whenever they sight any strange object, substance and naked wires but warned them never to attempt touching or moving it. He said the explosives can kill at a radius of three hundred meters.
Also, ASP David John of Borno state police command in the Anti-Bomb squad team lectured on how IEDs can be identified and diffused.
In his Keynote address , state coordinator of the Fadama project in Maiduguri , Engr Bukar Talba said it is necessary to create awareness for returnees and to train them on early warning and safety measures.