**Says Medical Outreaches will proceed only with consent of communities.
By: Kingsley Omonobi-Abuja
The Nigerian Army said on Tuesday that its Special Security and Training Exercise for the South-South and South West code-named ‘Operation Crocodile Smile 2’ will only proceed with its free medical outreaches segment to designated communities only after the consent of relevant authorities have been given.
The Army noted that designated venues and dates for such medical outreaches will be duly communicated to the general public through press releases and relevant posters.
Speaking against the backdrop of rumours flying around that persons dressed in Army uniforms were going about primary and secondary schools and forcefully vaccinating children with purpose of injecting them with unknown diseases, the army noted that even the segment of carrying out medical outreaches, was yet to commence in the areas involved.
A statement signed by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col Aminu Iliyasu said, “The attention of Headquarters 6 Division Nigerian Army has been drawn to some rumours making the rounds that some Nigerian Army Personnel are going round schools in Rivers State dressed in Military Camouflage uniforms with the intention of forcefully vaccinating students with an unknown substance”.
“The callous and unpatriotic rumours spread by these enemies of State are, to say the least, despicable, deplorable and highly condemnable by all well-meaning Nigerians as they are intended to cause pandemonium among the general public”.
“The authorities of 6 Division Nigerian Army wishes to inform the general public that while the Nigerian Army plans to undertake such gestures like free medical outreaches, sanitation exercises in host communities and distribution of educational materials as part of our community relations activities during the ongoing Operation Crocodile Smile II, these activities are yet to be conducted”.
“It will eventually be conducted with the consent of relevant authorities of designated communities and at venues and dates that will be duly communicated to the general public through future press releases and relevant posters.
Ilyasu added, “For the purpose of emphasis, the Nigerian Army does not and will never carry out its medical outreaches or vaccination exercises for that matter in Schools”.
“We can therefore categorically inform the public that the ongoing rumours about Nigerian Army Personnel going round schools in military camouflage to forcefully immunize school children are not true and should therefore be discountenanced with”.
“Additionally, members of the public are please requested to call 09072509436-8 to report any case of any impostor(s) that may be seen actually trying to commit such atrocities.”