The government of the state of Abia has closed the Union primary school, Afaraukwu, which is located in the area of local self-government of northern Umuahija, because “suspicious explosives” were discovered in the school.
State Information Commissioner John Kalu said in a statement Thursday.
The statement read: “The Abia State Government is currently working with relevant security agencies in the state to uncover the source and nature of the suspected explosive devices found at Union Primary School, Afaraukwu in northern Umuahia, LGA.
“Although the initial examination of the device shows evidence of corrosion leading to suspicion that the materials are relics from the Civil War era, we are waiting for the final official report of the EOD of the Nigerian police team that is currently investigating the incident.
“In the meantime, the necessary measures have been taken to protect students and school staff with security inspections that are underway while the school is temporarily closed.
“Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has ordered security agencies to launch proactive checks at other vulnerable locations out of caution.
“While we are thankful to God that there is no harm to life or property, we urge citizens and residents to continue to be vigilant and report suspicious situations to security agents.”
PUNCH earlier it was reported that the governor of Abia State this week imposed curfews for Abu, Umuahia and other communities in the state following gunmen’s attacks on Imo State Police Headquarters and Owerri Penitentiary on Monday.
Abia borders Imo in the west.