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Monkey Pox scare: Pandemonium in Ebonyi



●Parents scale fence to ‘rescue’ pupils

From Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki

There was pandemonium in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital Wednesday following
rumours that some suspected military men were going around public and private schools, and injecting pupils and students in the area with monkey pox virus.

According to the rumour, the alleged vaccination is the cause and spread of the Monkey Pox, and had led to the death of some pupils in the metropolis. It was also rumoured that some pupils allegedly injected by the suspected military officers were reported unconscious.

So when the rumour hit the waves, many students and pupils in schools in the area scampered to safety. At about 11:25am many parents besieged the schools of their children to withdraw them and prevent them from taking the ‘killer’ vaccination.

At the Oak Special School located along the Unity FM Road, some parents were sighted scaling the fence to take their children. Their action, Daily Sun gathered, was because the school management refused to allow parents to take their kids.

It was the same situation at the Presbyterian Schools located along the Old Enugu Road. The school managers locked the gate as well. While many parents besieged the gate, younger ones among them were sighted trying to scale the fence.

Daily Sun, however, sighted some mobile policemen in five Hilux vans, patrolling many schools in the area apparently to douse the tension and arrest the rumour mongers.

At the St. Patrick’s Urban Primary School Abakaliki, a primary five pupil, Nwafor Chisom, told newsmen that nobody or group came to the school to vaccinate the pupils. He said that there was rumour that forceful immunization of pupils was on in some parts of the state and that some pupils have died as a result of the vaccination.

“I am afraid of what I heard and most of my colleagues have been withdrawn by their parents but I can’t go home because I want to receive my lessons,” he said.

The Headmistress of the school, Mrs. Chioma Okorie described the rumour as unfounded and baseless. She said a team of policemen visited the school following the rumour.

Meanwhile, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Daniel Umezurike, dismissed the rumour as baseless. He therefore called on people to disregard it and stop panicking.

“There is no such injection going on in the state and there is no casualty anywhere in the state. People should discountenance the rumour. We are making arrangements to track down these rumour mongers and handle them accordingly for disruption of public peace” he said.


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  1. Hinds Peter 11th October 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Never the less.Humans evolved from monkeys.Peter Carlos Hinds.Commander.Barbados.

  2. Hinds Peter 11th October 2017 at 11:51 pm

    Brenda and Antone are mad people.Peter Carlos Hinds.Commander.Barbados.

  3. Hinds Peter 11th October 2017 at 11:53 pm

    What wood is Barbados money made from.

  4. susan 12th October 2017 at 12:39 am

    Stop eating monkeys period. Leave the poor monkeys alone, they are not there for you to eat, they have every right like we have to be left alone. Live and let live or face the music.

  5. Ezekiel Okeke 12th October 2017 at 6:25 am

    @susan, on one hand, you and yours fallen caliphate touts in the name of nigeria are cowards, that is why they are waging war in disguise- the enemy fears Igbos of Biafra. Dont they have their proud gun and bombs anymore, why they are now attacking with biological weapon? If the enemy is not afraid of Igbos of Biafra, let them openly declare the war, not their cowardice way of waging war against Biafra in disguise. On the other hand, it is shame of Igbos of Biafra who have so far failed to heed our emphasis of war to crush the enemy on Biafran Soil- which is the only answer, the only message ears of the enemy hears as people of the worst human right violation on earth in the name of Almajiri practice etc., by so doing have lost psychological sense of human civil nature and practice- only know brutality etc. The enemy must be crushed on Biafran Soil, the enemy must vacate Biafran Territorial Sovereign State- dead or alive. God Is With Us!!!

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