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Ooni’s COVID-19 Remedy Is An ‘Immune Booster’ – NAFDAC

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The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on Thursday said the herbal product – Verozil, announced by the Ooni of Ife as a cure for COVID-19 is only an immune booster.

It stated that although the product has been listed as an immune booster, it is yet to be found to be efficacious against the virus, as clinical trial evidence is yet to be provided.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on February 25, unveiled an indigenous medicine for the cure and prevention of covid-19.

The drug named Verozil, which is available in capsules, blister packs and liquid, was produced and launched alongside three other indigenous medicines, by Yem-Kem International Group and Ooni Ojaja Global Outreach.

Oba Adeyeye, who spoke during the launch, noted that the potencies of the medicines have been tested and proven by the government and other bodies.

The Nation, however, reached out to NAFDAC to ascertain the claims.

In response, the Director of Registration and Regulatory Affairs of NAFDAC, Dr Monica Eimunjeze, said: “The product Verozil is an herbal product that was listed by the agency as an immune booster.

“Claims of efficacy need to be verified by the conduct of clinical trials and such evidence has not been provided to the agency.”

The Director-General of NAFDAC, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, while briefing journalists on the 18th of February 2021, said: “In terms of herbal medicines or normal therapeutics that are being looked into in Nigeria, I believe we have about 30 plus herbal medicine applications that have been submitted to NAFDAC and are going through a listing.

“Approving for listing means this herbal medicine can be taken. The next phase is efficacy – which is the clinical trial. NAFDAC will review the clinical trial protocol.”

“We are giving an expedited review of these medicines because it is not just in submitting and looking at the data.

“Usually it will take us about 120 days to review because we have to first of all read and make sure that they are submitted right. And then, we will have to go and inspect the site.

“When we inspect the site, we get the sample, and then the sample goes to the laboratory, and then back to the registration and regulation directorate.

“So, it has been a little slower because of the various processes the approval process has to be taken. But we are giving an expedited review of 15 working days for the herbal medicines that are compliant.”

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Group Advocates Ban On Open Grazing In Edo

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A Non-governmental organisation, New Nigeria Initiative (NNI), Wednesday, advocated a ban on open grazing to prevent herders and farmers clash in Edo.

The group said Edo and the entire country were being gripped by endemic brutality, untold cruelties and awful cycles of events arising from clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

President of the group, Mr Uwadiae Odigie, stated this when the group visited the state acting permanent secretary, state ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Peter Aikhuomobhogbe, in Benin .

According to him, “NNI had in the wake of these attacks in June, 2000 dropped a private bill titled:  “the Prohibition of cattle grazing” in the State House of Assembly.
“But, regrettably nothing came out of it and the result has been the reign of reckless bloodshed by  criminal herdsmen in the State.
“The unabated tragic drama mostly in Edo spurred us to re-introduced a modified version of the bill  to the Dtate House of Assembly.”
Responding, the acting permanent secretary said government was concerned about the security situation in the state.

Aikhuomobhogbe said, “Government is doing its best to ensure food security in the state. If the cattle continue to destroy farmlands, it will affect food security.”

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10 Former Nigerian Governors Linked With N30billion Properties In UK

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A new report has linked 10 former Nigerian governors to properties worth £56 million (about N30 billion) in the United Kingdom.

The report on illicit financial flow (IFF) from Nigeria to the UK and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also shows that 216 properties are owned by 13 law enforcement officers in the UAE.

The report was presented at a media roundtable organised by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda, (HEDA Resource Centre) in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation.

The identities of the former governors were not disclosed.

Dr. Gbenga Oduntan of the Kent Law School, University of Kent, UK presented the report titled, “Fixing Nigeria’s Illicit Financial Flows: A critical review of UK and UAE Policies, Laws and Practices.”

Commenting on the report, Chairman of HEDA, Olanrewaju Suraju, said funds stolen from Nigeria and taken to the UK and UAE were mind-boggling.

He noted that both countries have become enablers of illicit funds and stressed the need to challenge external collaborators aiding the flow of illicit funds out of Nigeria.

“We should make it difficult for people to take out the proceeds of crimes,” he said, adding that the UK and UAE should protect their systems from “those toxic resources.”

The HEDA Chairman noted that while over $50 billion is lost annually to illicit financial flow in Africa, Nigeria is the leading country in terms of IFF.

Stakeholders have however advocated for the creation of a tripartite anti-corruption task force for the three countries to stop the illicit financial flow.

Oduntan, who presented the research report, said apart from the huge amount of money illegally stashed abroad by politically exposed persons in Nigeria, $15 billion alone is lost to tax evasion by multinationals in Nigeria.

In addition, he said there is heavy under-invoicing between Nigeria and the UK, adding that fixing Nigeria’s illicit financial flow would require the destination countries to collaborate with Nigeria to shut down their systems against suspected proceeds of crimes.

However, he lamented that this is not the case, saying in the UAE, findings show that prosecution of money laundering cases is very low.

Source: Sahara Reporters

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JUST IN: Boko Haram Currently Attacking Borno Community

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Damasak, the headquarters of Mobbar Local Government Area of troubled Borno state has again come under Boko Haram attack on Wednesday afternoon, a security source told SaharaReporters.

The incident is the 8th attack on the community within a week, the source added.

Damasak is a border community with the Niger Republic north and is about 180 km drive from Maiduguri, the state capital.

The insurgents had on Tuesday evening invaded the community and wreaked havoc without confrontation.

The gunmen were reported to have razed the Divisional Police Command, schools, shops and residential houses as they hoisted their flags in strategic locations within the town.

On Saturday, the insurgents attacked the community, setting fire on United Nations facilities and forcing humanitarian workers to flee for their lives.

About three soldiers were shot dead by the gunmen while many persons were killed when a military jet that came to salvage the situation dropped a bomb that landed in a compound where civilians were having christening.

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