- The security situation inAfaraukwu, Abia state is tense following the discovery of an explosive device in a school
- The explosive ordnance disposal Nigerian police are currently investigating the incident
- The Abia state government has reacted to the incident
The Union Primary School, Afaraukwu in the Umuahia North local government Area (LGA) of Abia has been evacuated after following the discovery of an explosive device suspected to be a bomb.
Vanguard newspaper reported that some students on Thursday, April 8, found the device in a classroom and alerted the school authorities.
The school authorities were said to have alerted the police leading to the evacuation of the school premises.
The Nation newspaper reported that the Abia state command Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Squad confirmed that the device is a bomb.
The Abia state government disclosed that the commissioner for information, John Okiyi-Kalu, disclosed that the device is likely a relic of the civil war era.
''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 shows evidence of corrosion leading to suspicion of the materials being relics of the civil war era, we are awaiting definite official reports from the EOD squad of the Nigeria Police who are currently investigating the incident.''
Okiyi-Kalu, said necessary measures have been taken to protect the pupils and staff of the school.
He urged citizens and residents to continue to report suspicious situations to security agents.
The Punch reported that the monarch was kidnapped along with some cabinet chiefs of the kingdom when returning from a traditional wedding within the state
The publication stated that the gunmen intercepted and diverted the three vehicles that were conveying Eze Charles Iroegbu, and his cabinet chiefs.