The proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has advised parents and guardians in the South-East to send their children back to school.
Following a rumour on Wednesday that a military medical outreach was administering lethal injections to pupils in the area, some parents and guardians in the area hurriedly withdrew their children from schools.
The rumour caused some schools to shut down, while those that remained open recorded low turnouts.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Awka, Anambra state on Sunday by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, the group urged the pupils to return to school.
It claimed IPOB has put security measures in place for the safety of the children.
The statement added that IPOB would continue to monitor the situation in the South-East, especially in Anambra state, to ensure that nothing untoward happens to schoolchildren at the hands of those it called the enemies of Biafra.
It said, “We, the Indigenous People of Biafra and its leadership worldwide under the command of Nnamdi Kanu, wish to inform Biafrans across the length and breadth of Biafraland to return our children back to school from Monday, October 16, 2017.
“This directive is important because we have determined that for the time being, men of the Nigerian Army have been withdrawn from our schools and banned from continuing with this exercise.
“Right now, IPOB has ascertained that Nigerian soldiers have withdrawn the vaccination programme.”