Nigerian Army Engineers across the country yesterday converged in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital to strategise on how to clear the Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs used by the Boko Haram insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country.
This was part of their discussions at the second quarter conference of the Commander Corps of Engineers held at the Tiger Officers’ Mess, Agodi, Ibadan.
When declaring the conference open, the General Officer Commanding, GOC, 2 Division, Major General Nasiru Mu’azu stressed the need for army engineers to ensure the removal of the IEDs planted by the insurgents.
Mu’azu said such was necessary because the war against the insurgents would soon come to an end.
Maj. Gen. Muazu noted that; “the war has almost come to an end. This is the phase where the Nigerian Army engineers are really required. At this time, we normally experience the threats of unexploded IEDs.
“When you (army engineers) go there (North East), you will all come back alive,’’ he said.
He stated that the fight against insurgency was ongoing, urging
Nigerians to support the armed forces by providing necessary
information about the hideouts of the insurgents and their activities.
“For us in uniform, ours is to deal with them and bring the war to an end,’’ he noted.
Maj. Gen. Sadana Davies, the Commander, Corps of Engineer, described the fight against Boko Haram as sappers’ war, considering the preponderance of IEDs, which the troops have to contend with.
Davies emphasised that the engineer troops have performed creditably so far, judging from reports and what he saw during his visit.
He, however, said that much was still required to be done.
His words: “Presently in the North East, there are lots of IEDs that are preponderant in the North East battle. It is our responsibility to see to the removal and clearing of the IEDs and we are playing a very significant role.
“Almost everywhere that was captured before by the insurgents was laid with IEDs and we have removed virtually all except the Sambisa area now.”
It would be recalled that yesterday’s programme was hosted by the 42 Division Engineers under the leadership of Brig. Gen. Henry Ayamsaowei, while the senior leadership of the corps of engineers was led to the conference by Davies.


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