ABIA STATE GOVERNMENT ORDERS CLOSURE OF SCHOOL OVER EXPLOSIVES FOUND IN CLASSROOM

The Abia State government has ordered the closure of Union Primary School, Afaraukwu in Umuahia North LGA of the State following the discovery of explosives in a classroom in the School.

The State’s Commissioner of Information, John Kalu, who disclosed the information in a statement, said the school was shut down to protect the students and staff.

Kalu said the State Government is partnering with security agents in the State to unravel the “source and nature” of the explosives.

The statement reads; “Abia State Government is currently working with relevant security agencies in the state to unravel the source and nature of the suspected explosive devices found at Union Primary School, Afaraukwu in Umuahia North LGA.

“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 definite official report from the EOD 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.

“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.”

The discovery of the explosives come three days after Governor Ikpeazu declared a 10pm to 6am curfew on Umuahia and Aba following security reports received and the need to protect residents of the communities.

On Wednesday, the Governor reviewed the curfew to between 8pm and 6am and included Arochukwu and Ohafia communities.

Credit: EONS Intelligence

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