Wednesday, 22 January 2014
Bomb Detection Dogs To Be Deployed To Airports, Seaports - Police
Police said on Wednesday that Explosive Detection Canines (EDC) would be deployed to all Nigerian airports, seaports and land borders.
EDCs are dogs specially trained to detect bombs and dangerous explosives.
The Commissioner of Explosives Ordnance Disposal Command of the Nigerian Police Force, Abdulmajid Ali, made this known in Lagos while reviewing the activities of the command in 2013.
He said that the deployment was a part of the command's strategies to improve its operations nationwide.
"Anytime from now, EDCs will be deployed to all the airports, seaports and our strategic borders because they increase security and enhance explosives detection," Mr. Ali said.
He said the dogs "have expertise in conducting large scale sweeps of facilities that are used in airports, seaports and land borders."
"To this end, security will be maximized and consolidated in all these places.
"We also want to assure members of the public that the command is fully prepared in 2014 to tackle any Improvised Explosives Device (IED) anywhere in the country," Mr. Ali said.
The commissioner said that in 2013, the command recovered and demolished assorted IEDs, grenades, dynamites, detonators and rocket launchers in many parts of the country.
He said the command also dismantled a bomb manufacturing factory located at Tudun Salamnanu Fadama Mada area of Bauchi State on Feb. 19, 2013.
He said that officers of the command, in collaboration with other security agencies, provided security at national and international events, including elections.
The commissioner said that 320 the officers underwent Basic Explosive Ordnance Devices (EOD) Training, while 200 others were trained in diverse spheres of their operations both locally and abroad.
He said that 12 new EOD Units were established during the year in different parts of the country with a view to checking activities of terrorists.