The details of the rumour as gathered was that an unnamed non-governmental organisation was administering injection on the heads of male and navel of female pupils in public primary schools in the state.
The rumour welcomed the presence of several parents into the premises of schools in the state to evacuate their wards. Efforts from teachers to explain that the whole pandemonium was a rumour and false proved abortive.
Mr Abdulmalik Sumonu, the Commissioner of Police in the state said it was “a wild rumour without any iota of truth.
“We have investigated the matter in all the schools but could not establish a single fact; l wish to advise people to stop peddling unsubstantiated rumour just to cause disaffection among the populace.”
The Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Alhaji Ibrahim Goni could not be reached as he was holding a meeting with headmasters of all public schools in Damaturu.
However, Alhaji Ismaila Baluba, Public Relations Officer of the board said, “we just learnt of the rumour and closure of the schools but could not establish a single case.”
“The rumour was that the NGO was administering the injection on heads of males and under the navel of female pupils.”
“The chairman is presently holding a meeting with the headmasters to establish how the rumour started and find ways of avoiding future occurrence”.
Mr Adebanjo Adegbolagun, Humanitarian Affairs Officer, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, also dismissed the claim, saying similar situation had played out in Buni Yadi in recent times.
“The same rumour went viral last week in Buni Yadi, but upon investigation, nothing was established; it is a mere fabrication intended to discredit activities of the organizations,” he said.