By Miracle Enuji
Delta State Government has condemned in the strongest terms the rumoured vaccination of School children by unknown persons which caused chaos in the State Capital on Wednesday Afternoon, urging security agencies in the State to be on the alert to forestall future antics of mischief makers who may want to cause panic and havoc.
The State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah who swiftly reacted to the fast spread message, said that that State Government without equivocation has frowned at that the rumour stating that is was absolutely false and baseless. “There has been no such reported incident in any school in Delta State. We advise parents and guardians to remain calm and go about their normal businesses.”
Ukah further stated that, the State Government has urged all proprietors to take appropriate measures to secure their schools and ensure that students and pupils are properly accounted for until the close of school every day.
In the same light, the Commissioner of Police, Delta State Command, CP Zanna Ibrahim has assured Deltans to go about their normal duties as there is cause for alarm stating that Delta is safe, calm and secure.
Ibrahim who joined in the call for peace against the backdrop of unsubstantiated rumours of students and pupils being lethally injected by unknown persons, said that, “the rumour is spurious and orchestrated by mischievous elements whose sole aim is to cause unnecessary panic in an otherwise very peaceful and orderly state, calls on Deltans to disregard the rumours and go about their lawful businesses and assures them that the Command will continually do all within its power to ensure their safety and security at all times.”
It will be recalled that on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, Pandemonium almost shut down the Capital City of Asaba following a strong wave of information on various social network platforms that some security agencies were engaged in forceful injection of school children with suspected substances rumoured to be the dreaded monkey pox virus in neighbouring Anambra State, and are likely to come to schools in Delta State to do so.
However, there has been no report of such event in any school in the state capital and Delta State at the moment has not recorded any major case or outbreak of the Monkey Pox Epidemic.