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JUST IN: Ikpeazu orders shutdown of Abia school after pupils discover explosive device in classroom

The Governor Okezie Ikpeazu led Abia State Government on Thursday ordered a temporary shut down of a primary school after the discovery of an explosive device in the classroom.

NaijaOnPoint.com, TNG gathered that the pupils of Union Primary School, Afaraukwu in the Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia saw the object, which they suspected to be a bomb and alerted their teacher.

The school authorities were said to have alerted the police after evacuating the students.

It was gathered men of the Abia State Command Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Squad confirmed it to be a bomb.

They were said to have quickly evacuated the object, certifying the place fit for learning and other academic activities.

Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi-Kalu, in a statement, 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.

“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.”

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