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Court revokes ban on Abalaka’s ‘HIV cure’

Court revokes ban on Abalaka’s ‘HIV cure’
November 14
22:43 2014

The federal high court in Makurdi on Friday lifted the ban of National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on the use of Jeremiah Abalaka’s patented vaccines for the treatment of HIV.

The court, presided over by Justice Binta Nyako a justice, also restrained the federal government and NAFDAC from further interfering with the use of the vaccines.

Abalaka, an Abuja based medical practitioner, had challenged NAFDAC for banning him from using the vaccines he discovered in 1999 for the treatment and prevention of HIV.

Joined in the suit were the president of the federal republic of Nigeria and the attorney general of the federation.

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Testifying before the court, Abalaka, who also called three witnesses, said he discovered a recipe to turn the virus in the infected blood of HIV infected person into both preventive and curative vaccines.

He said he applied for the patent of the discovery and was granted on July 22, 1999.

“I wrote to health institutions and authorities in Nigeria to draw their attention to the discovery to collaborate with me to test and confirm the breakthrough,” he said.

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“This was in order to bring succour to sufferers of HIV but the letters were ignored.”

Abalaka said the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) took him up on the discovery and confirmed the potency of the drugs.

He alleged that various agencies of federal government, including its hospitals, had purchased the vaccines from him and applied them on their own patients who had HIV and many were cured.

“This was done through a report on Feburary 28, 2000, but the federal government discontinued further collaboration with me and the institute,” he said.

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“When the FG discovered that the vaccines were potent, it sent agents to me with the sum of N10 million for the breakthrough to be announced in Atlanta Georgia, USA, but I refused.”

Abalaka said his vaccines were then banned from being used for the treatment of HIV epidemic in Nigeria by NAFDAC.

Paul Omale, his counsel, urged the court to determine whether the defendants had justified their ban on the vaccines and sentencing about 3.5 million Nigerians to death while there was effective and safe vaccines to cure them.

Omale further urged the court to determine whether the defendants had shown any harmful side effect of the vaccines.

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Uche Ezekwesili, counsel to the defendants, abandoned their plea, as he could not call witnesses to justify the ban.

Delivering judgment, Nyako said since there was no cure yet for HIV, it was only fair for the defendants to have allowed the plaintiff to use the vaccines on infected persons with their consent.

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4 Comments

  1. vinico
    vinico November 14, 23:17

    Its always hard to through when U have People who wants to take credits for others’ hardwork.

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  2. Bronco
    Bronco November 15, 08:01

    Bravo ! The truth shall forever prevail.No big government,no big pharm can stop it !

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  3. vincesaint
    vincesaint November 16, 07:13

    great inventors all suffered setback and challenges from both government and their immediate societies. Dr.Obalaja,keep the spirit.soonest you will be celebrated.most of Nigerians honours you more than even the president….bravo

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  4. Smifoyike
    Smifoyike November 18, 22:13

    Dr. Abalaka, How do you expect this leaders to support you. They prefer to worship the white at the detriment of their citizen, so let them be. We are supporting you, keep it up please.

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