Tension grips residents in Umuahia after students discovered suspected explosive device in Union Primary School, Afaraukwu, Abia state.
The pupils of the school had on Thursday, April 8, 2021 found a bag and informed their teachers who alerted the school authorities.
The school is currently shut while security agents have been brought in to assess the situation.
The states Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, disclosed that the government is working with security agencies to unravel the source and nature of the suspected explosive devices found at the school.
He explained that initial examination of the device showed evidence of corrosion leading to suspicion of the materials being relics of the civil war era.
Kalu said: “We are awaiting definite official report from the Explosive Ordinance Department 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.”
The commissioner urged residents to be vigilant and report suspicious movements to security agents.