Nigerian Prof. Discovers Cancer Cure

From TONY OSAUZO, Benin

A major breakthrough in the treatment of cancer, diabetes and prostate enlargement may have been discovered following announcement of a new drug for the treatment of the ailments by the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, Professor Ernest B. Izevbigie.

He made the announcement at a press briefing organized by the University to announce the discovery, adding that the medicines, which are nature-based, have little or no toxicity, as is usually found in such drugs. Prof. Izevbigie who announced the breakthrough, stated that the medicines which were made from the bitter leaf (vernonia amygdalina), have been certified by the National Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), and have been internationally accepted, as the National Academy of Inventors (NIA) have endorsed it.

“We started out in 2000 making initial observation. In 2001, we applied for provisional patent, and after one year we were assigned to a patent officer, and we were awarded patent in 2003. In 2005, we isolated two other products, and had to get patents for each.

“The patent gives us 18 years sole ownership. After three years, we came up with the right formulation to venture into commercial manufacturing. From 2008, we went into the market. So we have been on ground in Nigeria for 13 years, and 8 in the United States,” Prof. Izevbigie also disclosed that he received two U.S. patents for Edotide in 2009 for the treatment of cancer and diabetes. Edotide can suppress, kill, or delay cancerous cells, and it reduces blood glucose by 50% in mammals.

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Yes, I am Boko Haram – Immigration officer confesses, names other security personnel in Islamic sect by Stanley Azuakola

JTF spokesman, Sagir Musa

JTF spokesman, Sagir Musa

Nigerians have consistently maintained that the dreaded sect Boko Haram must surely have sympathisers in government and security agencies, considering how effective their attacks have been. Finally, there is proof.

A high profile Boko Haram member, who is an officer of Nigeria’s Immigration Services, Ahmed Grema Mohammed, has named some security personnel among those carrying out terrorist attacks in the country. His confession came after he was arrested by the men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Mohammed, who is an officer of the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) attached to the Nangere office of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Yobe State, was apprehended at a checkpoint on the Maiduguri-Damaturu road while on his way to kill a former special adviser to the immediate past governor of the state.

Most of the personnel named by Mohammed have been arrested, while security agencies are on the trail of others.

The news of Mohammed’s arrest was contained in a JTF statement signed by the task force spokesman, Lt. Col Sagir Musa.

According to the statement, Mohammed had been on the wanted lists in the country and was arrested on August 17, this year for impersonating a lieutenant in the Nigerian Army.

“Mohammed confessed to be actively involved in the killings of some senior civil servants, security agents, and politicians in Damaturu who spoke against the activities of Boko Haram, particularly the former chairman of Damboa Council, Alhaji Lawal Kawu.

“He also took part in the attack on the old Police Headquarters in Damaturu, where some policemen were killed and large quantity of arms and ammunition carted away.

“In addition, he was among the terrorists that attacked Damaturu Prison, burnt some primary schools, the State CID office and the Police Safety Vehicle, among others.

“The suspect revealed to JTF that he and 15 other members of the organization were intensively trained for three months on G3 and AK 47 rifles, as well as in assassinations and special operations in Niger Republic.

“He also revealed names of some security personnel that participated in terrorists’ attacks in Borno and Yobe states.”

Recently, the Joint Task Force has recorded a string of successes against Boko Haram, including the killing of the sect’s spokesman, Abu Qaqa.

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AMNESTY: THE MUSINGS OF A PACIFIST.

The precarious and tenuous state of our nation’s security has been the news for months now, so troubling that not a few Nigerians believe we can sustain this fragile nationhood in the face of the sickening anomie that the Boko Haram menace and the trauma that the many armed groups and gangs in the land dishes out to the innocent and the hapless, sad!
I have argued profusely for dialogue as the solution to the raging miasma. I am for amnesty from prosecution as the only plausible bargaining chip the Federal Government should weave in dialoguing with the restive groups. As was the case with the Bishop Desmond Tutu’s TRUTH and RECONCILIATION COMMISSION in South Africa we can for peace tell all offenders involved and or connected with terror to go and sin no more.
Such should be the maximum praxis and parameter for peace, anything more than amnesty from prosecution shall count as impish, satanic and devilish. Agreed that dialogue is perceived wrongly in this clime as depicting weakness; agreed that several thousands have been mowed down and properties destroyed; agreed that suicide bombers have made barbecues of fellow humans, truth be said our collective challenge must be to excavate sufficient stones that must halt and de-escalate the carnage.
For the records I must state however that dialogue is the noblest process in God’s universe. I must state that love and forgiveness is the greatest weapon in God’s world. I must state primly that an eye for an eye shall populate our planet with half-sighted people, and a tooth for a tooth shall pervade our earth with toothless and never smiling Homo sapiens. This truism makes the imperativeness of dialogue in the present national cul de sac the summum bonum.
Certain that my position is for dialogue; certain that I am not opposed to amnesty from prosecution for the villains and the armed gangs in the land; certain that if well articulated and properly managed through dialogue we can win the peace; and certain that the preponderant number of our people want the peace and crave progress, I cannot but support and canvass same.
But Countrymen, I cannot cease to profusely and profoundly repudiate the arguments and position credited to the Northern Elders and the various Arewa Groups calling for a cash-backed amnesty regime as was the case with the amnesty charade thrown at the Niger Delta militants by President Jonathan’s predecessor, Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua. I lampoon with vehemence all, any and every process that in similitude tends to make brigandage, terror and banditry lucrative.
It troubles the carapace of my mind when I ponder such callousness. Are we telling the world that in Nigeria terror pays, and even more nauseating is the fact that it seems to pays more than legitimate toil? Are we indiscriminate of the memory of the dead? Are we saying to those who lost family members and properties that those who murdered their loved ones and plundered their properties are deserving of profit? Are we conscious of the fact that a cash-backed amnesty regime shall only make terror and brigandage a de facto business? Sad!
Again the converse side is that the Haramists are speaking in muffled and convoluted tongues, the one says they demand a Sharia governed republic as the minimum nexus for peace and the other says they are willing to accept amnesty at the terms agreed upon by the Northern Elders and shall cease hostilities when they so direct.
The tragedy before us as a nation and a people is the plexus and the complexion of the amnesty programmatic presently in the crucible of the Northern Elders and seriously I dare say that both to the Northerner and to the Southerner a cash-backed amnesty regime shall metamorphose into a Frankenstein Monster and shall like a man eating ogre devour all that is left of our nation and debilitate every cord that holds us together.
Justice, equity and fairness is a concomitant factor to peace and sine qua non to growth and progress which actually is the summum bonum of civilized society. Rather benumbing is the fact that instead of seeking that priceless tripod (Justice, equity and fairness) the operators of this nation conjecture that peace can be bought and are thus involved in a Bazaar called amnesty in the Niger Delta and sadly are sporting to do same with the Haramists, painful!
Also benumbing however is the fact that the statute of justice in today’s Nigeria appears to have her eyes open Northwards and South-Southwards the more reason I am worried for Nigeria. It beats every fibre of logic to contemplate amnesty on the one hand for murderous gangs who have levied war on our nation killing thousands and committing monstrous economic sabotage, and on the other insisting on prosecution for treason for Ralph Uwazurike and his MASSOB colleagues.
I have wondered why this regime cannot wield a comprehensive amnesty from prosecution for all the armed and armed-less groups questioning our nationhood and proceed pronto to addressing the issues that have made treason, sedition, crisis and conflicts fashionable. I have wondered why this government has chosen to orchestrate a might is right paradigm in the Nigerian space, because it presently appears that the praxis now is ‘if you want to be heard take up arms’.
I am troubled that the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra MASSOB a group which has peacefully conducted its agitation within the ambit and the purview of approved International Conventions, Resolutions and Regulations would be the subject of treasonable trial whereas those who have levied war and questioned all that the nation stands for are being pleaded with and paid to allow the peace ala the Niger Delta Militants and soon perhaps the Haramists.
I am troubled that this nation lives a lie so much so that MASSOB which has waved the flag of a non-violent struggle since its inception a little over ten years ago, a group whose members have been killed, murdered and harangued by the Police and the Armed Forces for so long would be the beneficiaries of a treasonable trial and the ones who have dealt serious havoc on our nation with sophisticated weaponry the beneficiaries of national pardon and some largesse, what a conundrum of preposterous coloration, sad!
The truth is that justice is fair, dispassionate, without ethnic and or sectional prejudices and equitable. The truth is that the body language and composure of the Jonathanian era supports the devious epistemology that ‘he who levies war creates fear and calls the coward to bow’, but the State must not be the coward. The State must be strong enough to instill discipline and not without first addressing the issues that germinates into defiance and deviance. And the truth is that the State must treat every component part with equal respect and refrain, such and no other is the path to national peace and purposeful dialogue.
We must be weary of what decisions we take in high places lest in killing one ogre we create four. We must weave State power with discretion and wisdom lest some feel unwanted and alienated. We must treat all Nigerians as one great people lest we make violent struggle plausible to a hitherto peaceful revolutionist. And we must compel and convince government to convoke a national dialogue where the ills that torment our peace can be peaceful thrashed.
Compatriots my call is to all who care and love peace, by peace I mean sustainable peace not the peace of the graveyard to rise to the urgency of the now, we must say to the government and to all stakeholders that it is sublime and credible to dialogue with the Haramists and all other groups offended with the structure as it were with the aim of winning the peace, but that credibility shall be frittered away if and when a cash-backed amnesty is agreed upon because our nation must be careful not to make terror profitable.
I shall continue to wish and to pray that together we find for this nation a path away from poverty, disease, deprivation and want. I pray that we shall resolve our festering contradictions in favour of a just and an egalitarian society. And I pray that someday soon justice, equity and fairness shall constitute the tripod on which our nation thrives. God Bless Nigeria.
                                                                    BY
 
DR. CHUKWUDUMEBI NKEMCHO NWAOKOBIA SNR.
Formerly known and called (CHRIS NWAOKOBIA JNR)

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EFCC arrests bank official for serial fraud

Onyekachi-with-his-name-plate.

Onyekachi-with-his-name-plate.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested one Onyekachi Nwosu, the relationship/account officer of a new generation bank in Enugu over a case of multiple conspiracies, forgeries and bank fraud involving over a hundred million naira.
The 33-year-old native of Mbaise, Imo State is purported to have provided false information to his bank to facilitate the approval of a loan of N50 million to Floxy Aluminium Odiofele Products Limited in 2010.
The suspect claimed that Anyaso Chinedu, the managing director of Floxy Aluminium Odiofele Products, approached the bank for a N30 million loan facility but could not secure it because of insufficient collateral. He claimed that a non customer, Femi Akintobi approached the bank for a N40 million facility and came with sufficient collateral which he then use to secure a N50 million loan from which Akintobi got N40 million while Floxy Aluminium was given N10 million.
Akintobi allegedly defaulted in repaying the forty million naira while the collateral was discovered to have been forged.

However, Nwosu admitted that he initiated the loan request and that the bank was unaware of the arrangement between himself, Femi Akintobi and Floxy Aluminium.
In a related development, Nwosu is alleged to have connived with one Nnamdi Mezue to defraud his bank of N36.8 million in another crooked loan scheme. Under the pretext of helping Mezue to fund his account to enable him secure a UK visa, Nwosu approved a temporary overdraft for him, after extracting a commitment from Mezue to withdraw the funds from his account and hand over to him ( Nwosu).
Nwosu then credited Mezue’s account with N36 million and later withdrew the money with cheques Mezue had signed and given to him.
The suspect will soon be arraigned in court.
-Effiong Eton.

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Boko Haram Amnesty Members In Picture

Boko Haram Amnesty Members In Picture

These are the faces of members of the Boko Haram Amnesty Committee at their inauguration by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan yesterday at State House Abuja.They have been given three months to complete their assignment
*Source: CKN*

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Looking for Nigeria

A few years back, I wrote a piece on the situation we have found ourselves. I was compelled to put my thoughts down as I could not take it anymore. Everything and anything near good governance cascaded down all around me. I concluded then and still believe as you read this that I must have been drugged and taken to another country with same name. I demanded in that piece that I wanted to go back to NIGERIA! I refuse to believe I am still in my Country. The one that I grew up in. Its all a very sad, cruel machination of some people envious of the sane, good life I had in my Country. Where am I? This place is a depressant!. I am agitated this morning, I am discomforted, I feel like starting a revolution. Anything that will get me back to my Country by any means. I demand to go back home. Even if it means getting a visa back. Take me back to the NIGERIA of my dreams! The Nigeria I knew!

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“Stop your elderly rascality”- Oshiomole warns Esama of Benin, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion

Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole at the inauguration of 14 newly elected local government chairmen in Benin, warned the Esama of Benin Chief Gabriel Igbinedion to stop his elderly rascality in the state or be brought to justice.

The visibly angry governor said “There is evidence that he (Igbinedion) has undermined the prosperity of the state for a very long time. Those who live in glass houses do not throw stones.

“I want to send a warning to Chief Igbinedion that he should take it easy; he has acquired a lot of government land that the people have not engaged him on. He walks as if he is above the law. He was a chief tax collector in this state, pocketing 25 to 30 per cent of every kobo that accrued while his son was the governor.

“I have not looked back because my mandate is to look forward. I want to put him on notice that if he continues with this elderly rascality, I will bring him to justice.

“He must never ever underestimate the fact that I have the will and I have the capacity to deploy that will; if he crosses the law, he will be cut to size.

The governor’s outburst was apparently in response to Chief Igbinedion’s actions on Saturday during the local government election in Okada.

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