The Nigeria Police are set to deploy the 60 Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) operatives trained by the United States on new techniques in mines, IED detection.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris indicated this when he said there would be no vacuum in recovered states and communities the military were leaving.
Journalist reports that the operatives on Friday, concluded the four weeks training held at the EOD Command, Bank Anthony Way, Lagos.
The training was facilitated by the US Mission, Nigeria through Anti-Terrorism Assistant (ATA) programme in conjunction with the Nigeria Police Force.
Participants were drawn from various commands across the country and trained in four sessions of 15 participants each as EOD mentors.
IGP Idris, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Operations, Joshak Habila said the trained officers would go back and train their colleagues and subordinates.
He said: “The training was designed to expose participants to current trends in rendering safe/disposal of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and Unexploded Ordinance (UXOs) through the application of EOD standard practice and technique.
“Participants were taken on overview of recent threat particularly in Nigeria and by extension Africa.
Bomb threat assessment/tactical operations, IED electronic review, post blast investigation overview.
“They were also trained in chemical biological radiological nuclear awareness, team organization radiation concepts/decontamination remote operations review and rope knotting.
“Bomb squad response equipment and maintenance. The beneficiaries are expected to impart the knowledge acquired to other bomb technicians across the country in order to enhance EOD service delivery.”
Idris expressed gratitude to the U.S. Consul General in Nigeria, the Region Security Officer (RSO) and the facilitators for the training.
In his remark, US Embassy’s RSO Scottie Blancett said he was optmisitic the effects of the training would be safety for people in the country.
One of the facilitators, JonDe Martino advised the participants to observe all they were instructed, particularly, their own safety before that of others.
Commissioner in charge of EOD, Chika Maidama described the training as precise and rich in outline, noting that it has refreshed and updated the technicians with new skills.
He said: “I assure you all that the knowledge and skills acquired by the participants during this course, would be disseminated in our future local training as well as day-to-day activities/operations. To the trainees/EOD operatives, remember that you must be alive and safe to help.”