UPDATE: Panic in Rivers, Ondo as parents withdraw kids from schools over fresh army vaccination

UPDATE: Panic in Rivers, Ondo as parents withdraw kids from schools over fresh army vaccination

- Many parents in Rivers state have started picking their children from schools because it was alleged that army wanted to inject the kids with the monkeypox virus

- A member of Governor Nyesom Wike’s cabinet of the state, Oraye Franklin allegedly wrote that the military should forget its charity/ humanitarian work in south

- Franklin maintained that If they wish to win the confidence and support of the public, they must begin by changing the character of their narrative

Rivers state has reportedly been thrown into confusion with parents withdrawing their children from their various school over fresh Nigerian army vaccination.

NAIJ.com gathered this through a phone call from one of the parents on Tuesday, October 17, who alleged that army wanted to forcefully inject the kids with the pox virus.

A member of Governor Nyesom Wike’s cabinet, Oraye Franklin, however, wrote that the military should please forget its charity/ humanitarian work in the south.

Pupils are ging to their various houses over fresh army vaccination in Rivers state. Photo credit: Anthony D. Penman

Pupils are fleeing to their various homes over fresh army vaccination in Rivers state. Photo credit: Anthony D. Penman

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Franklin wrote: ''The military should please forget its charity/ humanitarian work in Southern Nigeria. From reports, they are clearly not welcome.

Panic in Rivers as parents withdraw kids from schools over fresh army vaccination. Photo credit: Anthony D. Penman

Panic in Rivers as parents withdraw kids from schools over fresh army vaccination. Photo credit: Anthony D. Penman

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''If they wish to win the confidence and support of the publics, they must begin by changing the character of their narrative.''

Pupils running home over fresh army vaccination in Rivers state. Photo credit: Anthony D. Penman

Pupils fleeing to their various houses over fresh army vaccination in Rivers state. Photo credit: Anthony D. Penman

Meanwhile, Ojo Adenegan, the assistant director of information, 32 Artillery Brigade Ondo state, said there is no truth to the rumour making the rounds that soldiers are administering immunization to school kids.

In a telephone chat with Adaba FM, Adenegan described the allegation as a devilish lie fabricated by mischief-makers who want to pitch the people against the military.

He urged parents and guardians in the state to please return their kids to school as the lie is unfounded.

It was learned that Femi Joseph, the state police public relations officer, the command said police have begun an investigation into the rumours that its officers are administering immunization to school children across the state.

Joseph who stated this in a telephone chat with Adaba FM described the reports as fabricated to create fear in the minds of residents of the state.

He called for calm urging school children to carry on with their studies and assured that they will close upon persons who concocted the rumours.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Isaac Adewole, the minister of health, on Monday, October 13, confirmed three cases of the virus from the 13 suspected cases reported from Bayelsa state in September. This confirmation came after the health ministry sent samples to the World Health Organisation.

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Source: Naija.ng

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