Panic as suspected explosive device is discovered in Abia School

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 explosive ordnance disposal unit has cordoned off the area where the device was discovered. Photo: @DefenseNigeria Source: Twitter 

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. 

He said: ''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. 

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