Report says the bomb was discovered at about 3pm.
Some of the villagers, who initially blamed the incident on the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, quickly scampered into safe communities outside the area.
The un-exploded bomb was found less than 24 hours to a scheduled con-celebrated sung mass billed for the village by the Parish Priest of Saint Theresa Catholic Church, Obollo, Rev. Fr. Charles Ohuabunwa.
The Village Head, Chief Patrick Osuji and another villager, Mr. Uzoma Okorigwe confirmed the report. They said it was discovered when an old man was trying to clean up the hall and its surroundings ahead of the Eucharistic celebration.
The duo equally affirmed that information about the shocking discovery was quickly passed on to the Divisional Police Headquarters, Umuelemai.
Speaking to newsmen, the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Mr. I. M. Anaforom said:
“We rushed to the scene, assessed the situation, cordoned off the area and alerted the appropriate authorities. That was how the bomb disposal unit of the State Police Command was called in to detonate the bomb”, Anaforom said.
The DPO said the bomb was a conventional foreign-made explosive and not an improvised explosive device.
He appealed to the citizenry to be more vigilant and promptly report any suspicious object to the police for necessary action.