Just in: Abia shuts school after explosive devices found in classrooms

By Ife Osemedua

365Daily – A school in Abia State,Union Primary School, Afaraukwu, has been shut down by the state government after suspected explosive devices were discovered in the school.

The school is located in Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state.

Abia State Commissioner for Information, John Kalu, made the disclosure in a statement issued in the state on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

“Abia State Government is currently working with relevant security agencies in the state to unravel the source and nature of the suspected explosive devices found at Union Primary School, Afaraukwu in Umuahia North LGA,” Kalu stated.

He further said that “while initial examination of the devices show evidence of corrosion leading to suspicion of the materials being relics of the civil war era, we are awaiting definite official report from the EOD squad of the Nigeria Police who are currently investigating the incident.

“Meanwhile, necessary measures have been taken to protect the pupils and staff of the school with security sweeps ongoing while the school is temporarily closed.

“Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has directed security agencies to embark on proactive checks in other vulnerable locations out of abundance of caution.

“While we are grateful to God that there is no harm to life or property, we urge citizens and residents to continue to maintain vigilance and report suspicious situations to security agents.”

Governor Ikpeazu had earlier imposed a curfew on Aba, Umuahia and other communities in the state in the aftermath of attacks on Imo State Police Command headquarters and the Owerri Correctional Prison by yet to be identified gunmen on Monday.

 

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