Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu
Abia State Government says it 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 Local Government Area of the state.
This is just as some residents of Aba, the commercial hub of the state were on Thursday enveloped in fear and confusion following sporadic gunshots that rocked the vicinity of Aba Central Police station, and elsewhere in the town. \
A statement by the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, states that 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.”
According to the statement, necessary measures have been taken to protect the pupils and staff of the school with security sweeps ongoing while the school is temporarily closed.
The statement further states that 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 statement concluded.
Meanwhile, some residents of Aba were this afternoon gripped with fear following sounds of gunshots in some areas of the city, especially around the Central Police Station and Cameroon Barracks both at the city’s centre.
SummitNews reports that several roads in the city were barricaded by stern-looking soldiers, and some residents who had left their houses for the day’s work and business were asked to go back to their respective homes.
There was terrible traffic tie-up along the ever busy Aba-Owerri road at about 12 noon on Thursday, following a road block mounted by soldiers at Asa Road by Milverton Avenue.
Most pedestrians along Asa Road were compelled by soldiers to raise their two hands up apparently to demonstrate their loyalty to the troops.
It was gathered that soldiers took over some parts of the city following a purported letter written by an unknown group warning of an impending attack on the Central Police Station and the Cameroon Police Barracks.