Progress Report: Ordnance disposal in Lagos continues

LAGOS, NIGERIA -- U.S. Army and British explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) experts and Nigerian soldiers continue working on the Ikeja Cantonment Area. As of Tuesday, Mar. 19, the EOD experts working to clear unexploded ordnance on the cantonment area said that they remained on schedule.

To date, the Nigerian, British and U.S. team has accomplished the following:

They continue to clear the area around the football pitch The area in the vicinity of the mosque will be clear by the end of this week Destroyed in place approximately 7,000 pieces of unexploded with controlled detonations (this includes 5,000 pieces of small arms ammunition, defined as smaller than 20mm) Transported and destroyed approximately 3,950 pieces of unexploded ordnance at an offsite area Marked approximately 3,900 pieces of unexploded ordnance for transport to the offsite area and later demolition Disposed of approximately 2,500 pounds of scrap metal Cleared nine buildings of unexploded ordnance In the next few days the experts plan to begin clearing unexploded ordnance on the north side of the former ammunition transfer depot. The focus of their efforts will be the area between the Ninth Regiment Medical Center and the Cantonment Primary School.

Because this area is adjacent to occupied housing, residents in the area may be asked to leave the area for a few hours on certain days. Nigerian authorities will notify affected residents in advance of any requirement to temporarily leave the area. The authorities will make every attempt to minimize inconvenience, but will actively enforce the safety cordon to prevent injury or loss of life for anyone nearby.

The controlled detonations required to destroy items of unexploded ordnance determined too dangerous or unstable to handle will continue for the next several weeks. People living in the vicinity of Ikeja should expect to hear these small detonations on weekdays between the hours of 9 AM and 1 PM.

As has been previously announced, all people living in the area around Ikeja are reminded to look out for and stay away from any suspicious objects. If suspicious objects are found, they should report the hazard to the authorities as soon as possible.

In order to ensure the safety of themselves and the residents near Ikeja, the EOD experts remind everyone to stay out of the area if possible. The Nigerian Army has established a cordon around the hazard zone and no one should attempt to enter it. Members of the Nigerian military will man this cordon and will actively prevent persons from entering.

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