There was a palpable tension and anxiety in some parts of Akure, state capital and other towns in Ondo state on Tuesday as parents were seen forcefully taking their children from schools across the state over alleged death vaccination by Boko Haram sect.
It was gathered that some persons were going around in Military uniforms administering vaccination that is causing death of pupils .
Both Public and Primary Schools in Some major cities of Ore, Ondo, Akure and Owo were in disarray as parents were seen panicking over their children.
At St. Anthony Primary School and Fiwasaye Girls Grammar School both in Akure Metropolis, parents were not allowed into the schools as gates were completely locked.
A parent who spoke with BusinessDay and not wanted her name in print, said: “We heard that Boko Haram people are going about giving vaccines to school children resulting in their deaths.”
BusinessDay was at Aanu Oluwa Nursery and Primary School, Irese; Emmanuel Anglican School, St Micheal Anglican School, both in Ijare Ifedore local government area of the state, parents were seen on ground for their children, while others pupils leaving the school.
The Proprietress of the school who spoke on condition of anonymity said the school was in confusion, saying: “We are in total confusion as you can see that parents are here to take their children over the rumour that Boko Haram members are moving around schools to give vaccination to children.”
However, the Ondo State government has described the rumour as baseless, urging parents to disregard it
The Information Commissioner in the state, Yemi Olowolabi in a statement said the investigations had shown that nothing of such exist in the state.
He said, “The attention of Ondo State Government has been drawn to a rumour in circulation that a forced vaccination exercise is being conducted around schools in the State, with panicking parents withdrawing their wards from schools.
“The State Government wish to inform parents, students, teachers, school authorities and the general public that the rumour is baseless, unfounded and should be disregarded. Real time investigation across the state has shown that none of such things exist in Ondo State.
“The State Government therefore advises the public, schools, students and teachers to go about their normal activities. Should there be any strange occurrence, the appropriate quarters should be informed immediately.”
YOMI AYELESO, Akure