A free medical outreach that the Nigerian Army extended to some communities in the South-East, as part of the ongoing Operation Python Dance 2, was described on Wednesday as a tool to depopulate the south-East region.
Pupils in public and private schools in the South-East states on Wednesday abandoned academic activities as information spread that a vaccination exercise had been added to the outreach and was meant to send schoolchildren to early graves. In Asaba, Delta State, pupils on Wednesday abandoned classrooms following a rumour that soldiers would come to schools to inject them to death.
The unverified information filtered into Asaba at about 9am, and quickly spread like a wildfire.
Some school heads, who could not control the situation, alerted the government, but many pupils were already out of their school premises. Read more