Abia State Government, southeastern Nigeria has detected suspected explosive materials at Union Primary School, Afaraukwu in the Umuahia North Local Government Area of the state.
The State’s Commissioner for Information, John Kalu disclosed this in a statement he issued on Thursday.
Kalu in the statement said the state government is “currently working with relevant security agencies in the state to unravel the source and nature of the explosives.”
“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 a definite official report from the EOD squad of the Nigeria Police who are currently investigating the incident.”
According to the statement, “…necessary measures have been taken to protect the pupils and staff of the school with security sweeps ongoing while the school is temporarily closed.”
Following the discovery, the state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu has directed security agencies to embark on proactive checks in other vulnerable locations out of an abundance of caution.
The state government while noting that no life or property was lost, urged citizens and residents to continue to maintain vigilance and report any suspicious occurrence to security agents.