JUST IN: Abia closes school as ‘explosive devices’ found in classrooms

Abia State Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu

Abia State Government on Thursday shut the Union Primary School, Afaraukwu located in the Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state as “suspected explosive devices” were discovered in the school premises.

The State Commissioner for Information, John Kalu, announced this in a said in a statement on Thursday.

The statement said, “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.

Solacebase recalls that the Abia state government imposed a curfew on the state after gunmen attacked Owerri prison and some police formations.

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“While initial examination of the devices shows evidence of corrosion leading to suspicion of the materials being relics of the civil war era, we are awaiting a 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.”

Abia State is bordered by Imo to the West.

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