Three unexploded bombs discovered at Enugu construction site

Channels Television  
Updated August 23, 2012

Three unexploded bombs believed to be remnants of explosives used during the three-year Nigerian civil war were discovered at a construction site in Enugu by construction workers digging a foundation.

The Field Administrator of the Nigerian Mine Action Centre, a department of the Federal Ministry of Defence, Dr. Emeka Uhegbu, told journalists shortly after removing the three unexploded bombs at the site, which is close to the 9th Mile area of Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State, that if the unexploded bombs were not found and defused, they could kill innocent people.

He maintained that over 50, 000 unused explosives were presently scattered across 12 states of the South-East, South-South and North-Central, warning that residents of the affected areas must be careful of such objects.

He disclosed that following the discovery by the workers, the anti-bomb unit of the Enugu State Police Command was alerted, who in turn informed the ministry, leading to the removal of the bombs by their officials.

He said “if the labourers had made mistake of hitting a hard object on the explosives, it had the capacity of killing thousands of people around the area, which was less than a kilometre to the country home of Governor Sullivan Chime”.

“If you tamper with it, it could kill; the least it can do would be to maim you. We are appealing to our people that the war has ended but these things are still continuing the war. We are one in this country; we are going round removing them.”