Abuja ( Sundiata Post ). There is confusion in Owerri, the Imo State capital following rumours that the military authorities in the state are injecting some virus into the body of some pupils and students in the schools in the capital as part of the medical outreach following the launching of the Operation Python Dance 11 in the Southeast region.
The Army authorities had launched the ‘Operation Egwu Eke 11’ or Operation Python Dance, which is meant to flush out criminals and other outlaws from the region as a result of the increasing activities of the Mazi Nnamdi Kanu – led Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB). Hundreds of the agitators were said to have been killed and many more people wounded in the military exercise.
However in healing hearts and minds as part of its civil military operations, the army had embarked on the medical outreach to pacify the aggrieved communities.
But the medical outreach seemed to have ran into stormy waters as residents allege that the military action was a ploy to continue the killing of the people of the region with diseases, an action they had started with their guns.
As at the time of filing this report, the situation in Owerri is still uneasy as parents rush to various schools to withdraw their children and wards.
A resident of the city, who identified himself as Uche told Sundiatapost on telephone that parents who were unaware of what was happening simply rushed to withdraw their children from their schools
However Imo State government has refuted the rumour calling it the handiwork of mischief makers.
Deputy Governor of the state, Prince Uche Madumere, who decsribed the incident as unfortunate, said that a similar rumours where the army were carrying similar operations was reported, but was quickly rebutted by the state government.
While urging residents to go about their lawful duties and be vigilant, he said that the state was collaborating with the police and other security agencies to ensure that there was not breakdown of law and order.
He however urged the military authorities to carry the state government along whenever they to always carry the state government, as partners, along whenever they are carrying out such humanitarian gesture so that it would be misconstrued.
The federal government through the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had similarly dismissed the reports that the military were injecting the Monkey Pox virus on the citizens as part of the ongoing Operation Python Dance 11 exercise.