Parents and guardians withdraw their children following rumours that the Nigerian Army was conducting immunisation as part of its ongoing Operation Crocodile Smile II in the Niger Delta.
The parents, whose actions created panic in Yenagoa, the state capital, were reportedly told that some persons in military uniform were injecting their children with ‘’poison’’ under the guise of vaccination for monkeypox virus.
Some schools were said to have closed as early as 10 am, with children running in different directions to leave their school premises, prior to the arrival of immunisation officials.
A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was panic in his Onopa community in Yenagoa as some unidentified men in military uniforms, stormed schools in the area to inject children with an unknown vaccine.
Also, another resident, who gave his name only as Robert, claimed some women at Captain Ayeni Street were seen taking their children away from schools to prevent them from receiving the vaccine.
It was learnt that some parents also besieged St. Jude Secondary School in Amarata, saying they were there to take their children home.
The parents, who reportedly met the gate of the school locked, reportedly waited outside and called on the school management to release their children.
It was gathered that seven people, five males, and two females, escaped lynching by a whisker at Zarama in Yenagoa, as a mob accosted them, following the suspicion that they were immunisation workers.
The mob reportedly beat them up and dragged them to their community leader, despite appeals by the victims that they were in the village to promote a brand of beer.
The mob stripped the suspects and threatened to lynch them before some persons contacted the police, who came to their rescue.
Subsequently, the state government issued a statement, suspending all forms of medical outreach in public and private schools across the state following the incident.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, announced the suspension at a joint press briefing with his counterpart in the Ministry of Health, Prof. Ebitimitula Etebu.
Iworiso-Markson described as unfortunate the misinformation which had led to the panic and withdrawal of pupils by parents from schools, insisting that the fears had no basis.
Etebu described the rumour as unhealthy.
Spokesperson for the 16 Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Yenagoa, Captain Danjuma Danjuma, said that there was no truth in the rumours that the army was carrying out immunisation in schools as part of its ongoing operation in the Niger Delta.
“The Brigade is not conducting vaccination in any school in Bayelsa. The reports are rumours peddled by mischief makers. There is no evidence to prove this allegation. It is rather unfortunate,” Danjuma stated.
Meanwhile, the Registrar, Veterinary Council of Nigeria, Dr. Kantiyok Joshua; the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali; and the Chairman, Kwara State Chapter of Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Ibrahim Abdul, have said that scientists in Nigeria have commenced research for vaccines or drugs to address monkeypox.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )
Buhari Commissions Oil Refinery To Process 5,000 Barrels A Day
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday inaugurated a medium-sized refinery in Ibigwe, Imo State.
The Ibigwe refinery will process 5,000 barrels a day, the president said on his Twitter account.
The president launched the refinery online and said work would begin on expanding the plant to produce 50,000 barrels a day.
According to Waltersmith, the refinery has a crude oil storage capacity of 60,000 barrels and is expected to deliver about 271 million litres of refined petroleum products, including diesel, kerosene, heavy fuel oil (HFO), and naphtha, per annum to the domestic market and create both direct and indirect jobs particularly within host communities.
He wrote on Twitter:
This afternoon I virtually commissioned the 5,000 barrels per day Waltersmith Modular Refinery in Ibigwe, Imo State, in fulfillment of our Refinery Roadmap. I am pleased to note that work is now commencing on expansion of the capacity of the refinery to 50,000 barrels per day. pic.twitter.com/Wo1S7VIKxh
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) November 24, 2020
I am delighted that the Waltersmith Refinery is coming on-stream within two years of the commencement of the Roadmap, and after many years of granting licenses for the establishment of modular refineries with nothing to show for it.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) November 24, 2020
Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the arrested of Faisal Maina, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, for jumping bail in his trial on money laundering charges.
Justice Okon Abang who revoked Faisal’s bail ordered that his trial would continue in absentia pending when the security agencies would be able to arrest and produce him in court.
The judge also asked his surety, a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Umar Dangaladima, representing the Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State, to appear before the court to show cause why he should not forfeit the N60m bail bond which he signed for Faisal.
At Failsal’s money-laundering trial resumption on Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s prosecution counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, told the court that Maina’s son and Hon. Dangaladima both failed to appear in court since June 24, 2020.
Abubakar, therefore, applied the revocation of his bail and his arrest citing section 184 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.
The prosecution also applied for the court to order his trial in absentia as provided by 352(4) of ACJA.
Insecurity: I Don’t See Things Returning To Normal In Northern Nigeria – Omokri
Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has expressed that he is pessimistic about life returning to normal in Northern Nigeria after the Coronavirus pandemic with the increasing insecurity in the nation.
In the past few days, there have been various reports of kidnapping, killing, and attacks by bandits on citizens in the Northern region of the country.
Reacting to the situation, Omokri pointed out that due to the insecurity in the region, he foresees marriages, burials, ceremonies, and even trade being conducted virtually.
“Even after #COVID19, I don’t see things returning to normal in Northern Nigeria. Insecurity is overwhelming. I foresee marriages, burials, ceremonies, and even trade being conducted over zoom. Nobody in Northern Nigeria can safely travel. Absolutely NOBODY.”
Even after #COVID19, I dont see things returning to normal in Northern Nigeria. Insecurity is overwhelming. I foresee marriages, burials, ceremonies, and even trade being conducted over zoom. Nobody in Northern Nigeria can safely travel. Absolutely NOBODY#LekkiMassacre #EndSARS
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) November 24, 2020
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