What could have been a major disaster was averted in Borno State with the recovery of 147 cluster bombs at a village in the state by security agents.
Addressing a press conference in Maiduguri on Tuesday, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Clement Adoda, said the bombs were recovered from a distance of about 27 kilometres from the state capital, Maiduguri.
He said the bombs were discovered at Auno village in Konduga Local Government Area of the state.
Adoda said: “I am glad that at about 9a.m on February 8 (Sunday) 147 unexploded cluster ordinances (UXOS) were recovered at about two kilometres away from Auno village near Jakana, Londuga local government area of Borno State.”
He said the combined team of bomb disposal unit, policemen and troops attached to Jakana area led by Capt. Daniel Yakubu sighted the explosives, recovered and destroyed them in good time without injuries or damages to lives and property.
The commissioner further explained that the state bomb disposal team had also recovered unexploded ordinance (UXO) suspected to have been launched during one of the Boko Haram attacks on Maiduguri in one of the Boys’ Quarters at the residence of the state Director of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) along Damboa Road Maiduguri.
According to him, the explosives were detonated safely without damages to lives and property, adding this feat wouldn’t have been achieved without the timely rendering of information to security agents by the members of the public.
The commissioner urged the members of the public to always call on security agencies, whenever items suspected to be Improved Explosive Devices (IEDs) are discovered in their domains, insisting that “this is the only way to avert further wanton destruction of lives and property in the state.”