From Nonye Udumiri, Aba
Abia State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi-Kalu on Thursday said that the state government is working with relevant security agencies to unravel the source and nature of the suspected explosive devices found at a primary school within the state.
News Echo reports that items suspected to be explosive devices were discovered on Thursday at the Union Primary School, Afaraukwu in Umuahia, Abia State capital.
Kalu said that while initial examinations show evidence of corrosion leading to suspicion of the materials being relics of the civil war era, government is awaiting definite official report from the police Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Command who are currently investigating the incident.
“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.”