Tensions in Abi over a shooting around a police station

… While police allegedly uncover an explosive in Umuahija

Written by Steve Oko Aba

Tensions are high in Aba, the commercial capital of Abia, following reported sporadic shootings around the Aba command area.

The cause of the shooting has yet to be determined.

However, eyewitness testimony says that all roads around the area are blocked, while passers-by and drivers are exposed to intensive inspection.

Attempts to obtain a police response did not bear fruit because the public relations police officer, PPRO, Geoffrey Ogbonna, did not choose the calls made to him.

He was not yet due to report at the time of submitting this report.

Meanwhile, the Abia state government has called for calm over the alleged discovery of an explosive device at an elementary school in Umuahia.

Information Commissioner John Okiyi Kalu said in a press release that a preliminary investigation showed the device looked like a “relic of the Civil War era”.

The statement reads in full: “The Abia State Government is currently working with relevant security agencies in the state to uncover the source and nature of the suspicious 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 instructed security agencies to launch proactive inspections at other vulnerable locations out of plenty 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.”

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