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Court Lifts Ban on Jeremiah Abalaka’s HIV Vaccines

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Jeremiah Abalaka

The Federal High Court in Makurdi on Friday lifted NAFDAC’s ban on the use of Dr. Jeremiah Abalaka’s patented vaccines for the treatment of HIV.

The court, presided over by Justice Binta Nyako, 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.

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.

“This was in order to bring succor 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.

“This was done through a report on Feb 28, 2000, but the Federal Government discontinued further collaboration with me and the institute.’’

He disclosed 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.

“When the FG discovered that the vaccines were potent, it sent agents to me with the sum of N10million for the breakthrough to be announced in Atlanta Georgia, USA, but I refused’’, Abalaka had alleged.

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

His counsel, Paul Omale, had urged the court to determine whether the defendants had justified their banning the vaccines and “sentence 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.

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

Delivering judgment, Justice 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.

Photo Credit: AFP

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31 Comments

  1. benny

    November 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Darling heavens… I AM OVER THE MOON! I grew up in the same small church this man attended. In a then small town. He worked in the hospital here in the FCT. We went through this case in the church. Whenever Dr Abalaka came to preach, he will mention his hiv vaccines. The govt blocked it but these politicians were flocking to him secretly for treatment. I was in jss1. I am now grown up. See how Nigeria punished its own people. I am happy for Dr Abalaka. I really hope this will yield big results. I am really happy about this; for him… for everyone…

    • lois

      November 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Really, this blockade was a concrete collaboration with the US government who sells ARVs to Nigeria in guise of giving us grants and the World Banks who borrow us money for HIV treatment. Nigerian leaders enjoy the benefits that comes with it. A lot of bribe to the detriment of our own vaccine development and people’s health. Thank God for this judgement but I hope Abalaka won’t be eliminated too soon or the western world will announce its own curative drugs and preventive vaccine. The evil in this world pass me

  2. mujer

    November 15, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    According to the court decision, since you are headed to the grave anyway, it’s okay to become subject to human experimentation or some uncontrolled experiment? What if the outcome of experimentation is worse than death by aids? I guess in a country where the cost of failure of experimentation is not borne by your government (for example, if you take the vaccine and become paralyzed immediately, it’s on you since Nigeria does not have a tab to pick up because it’s a country that does not care for its citizens) the citizens are left to their own devices because the risk and cost is a personal one, and A balsa is not liable because nobody sues doctors in Nigeria for malpractice and the government does not punish people for taking human life in medical settings in the name of medical practice. I strongly recommend that Abalaka subjects his vaccine to an international drug review and trial.

    • Doc

      November 15, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      Did international people subject their own to nigeria standard. I praise Abalaka for this patriotism and encourage people like him to come up with more. We will continue to be slaves till we remove the shackles of whites mentality. What has black given to the world? Tell me…. animal.

    • tomi

      November 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      i love your comment, but detest your last word ”animal”.

    • iphiee

      November 16, 2014 at 11:18 am

      It”s not unusual for new drugs, even those in their experimental stages to be approved for use on humans when the disease is lethal and better options are unavailable. The ebola drug, Zmapp was still in the laboratory when it was approved for use in humans due to its high success rate in monkeys. And yes, the court ruling for that was similar to this. I’d say bravo to Justice Binta Nyako for that sound judgement.

  3. bruno

    November 15, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    this man is going to make a ton of money with his fake cure. hiv potive people are going to re infect themselves which can be fatal. when 2 different strains of hiv enter the body, they can combine and become resistant to hiv meds.

    nigerian government are u sure u care about nigerians at all.

    we havent forgotten about the pesticide you gave us to cure ebola.

  4. Oyindamola

    November 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Is this really true?? OMG.. Succour at last then..May it be useful and not cause more harm..

  5. chibaby

    November 15, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    i dont understand our government isnt this guy suppose to be encouraged and celebrated at least for making an attempt rather they are frustrating him. nigerians are full of talents but the environment we find ourselves is very discouraging but still we are not going to give up please try and affect lives around you positively no matter how little even a warm smile can go a long way and stop the hating. the change stars with ‘YOU’ thank you.

    • PurpleiciousBabe

      November 16, 2014 at 6:33 pm

      My sentiments exactly…
      Like seriously!!! how discouraging? I don’t get why the govt cease to invest in the good of our country???
      Sigh!

  6. chibaby

    November 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    congrats to you Dr.

  7. Miss B

    November 15, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    This is very odd. So this man developed a vaccine for HIV in 1999, refused to share the discovery with the world and for reasons unknown the whole issue was swept under the carpet?? DOES THIS EVEN MAKE SENSE??

    • Super C

      November 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Hi Miss B. He didn’t refuse to share instead powers that be didn’t let him do so. They kept on shutting him up whenever he spoke out.

    • Aisha

      November 16, 2014 at 10:06 am

      He did share with the whole world!!!he even put his hypotheses for weeks in the national dailies then!

  8. Tee

    November 15, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    So he wants to be the jury and judge why doesn’t he want anyone else to test and see if the vaccine really works? We’re just supposed to take his word ? Please go and sit down jare

  9. tunmi

    November 15, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Why was he offered 10 mikion to make the announcement in Atlanta??

  10. Steve

    November 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Abalaka’s story is a long one that didn’t just start today. There had been rumores that he ran mad and that’s why no one has heard from him again. The issue of his vaccine, there’s been no evidential fact that his vaccine has cured anyone of HIV and it’s still yet to be proven. He became popular when HIV was a big issue and lots of people ran to him for the cure and speculations are that so many of them died. I met a Nigerian man in New York in 2010 at the UN high level meeting on HIV and he said he was one of Abalaka’s patient who paid so much for the vaccine but nearly lost his life and is still HIV positive today. He calls Abalaka’s treatment prescriptions concoctions made of many many leaves from the forest. I hope that this issue is dealt with in the right way, now that it has appeared in the media again and seems Abalaka has the freedom to do what he likes. I am hoping innocent people desperately looking for a cure won’t loose ther lives and part away with all their savings. I am of the opinion that better research should be done on Abalaka’s claims and also if through that he be supported in entirety.

    • jummai

      November 16, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      You ve said it all

  11. Yayi Boni

    November 16, 2014 at 7:15 am

    So proud!! I pray that it will commercialized so other countries will benefit.. God bless you Sir

  12. Sir kay

    November 16, 2014 at 8:17 am

    He should subject the vaccines to international test. He is literate fellow. He should follow the simple procedures if he is sincere.

  13. clifford

    November 16, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Wise people say the taste of the pudding is in the eathing. i know since 1999 he has not forgotten his formular,.the FG and ministry of healt should give him surport. he might be the david or joseph of the morden. lets not chase him away the 2nd time. we can call back even the other with claims for EBOLA. let them run clinical trials. is it because they are blacks. use world standars to benchmark them

  14. iphiee

    November 16, 2014 at 11:26 am

    It”s important to keep one important fact in mind. The HIV issue is shrouded in propaganda. Lots of money go round in the name of HIV and Aids support, awareness, management etc. That in itself is a huge industry. Countries, pharmaceutical companies and both local and international agencies are profiteering from the dilemma. You could be killed if you claim to have a cure!

  15. ĈőünŁesş ōf ßeĺĺå

    November 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    [email protected]…that’s so true. I agree with u a 100%. Hasn’t anyone wondered y it wasn’t given d most appropriate attention?

  16. Buike

    November 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Risky disclosure from you

  17. Bummite

    November 16, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    The doctor should be his own guinea pig first. Scientists abroad sometimes do that. He should be able to stake his own life by his own medicine. I’m pretty sure people will trust the vaccine more if he comes out on the other side unscathed.

  18. Hafsat

    November 17, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Before his claims were rejected, the Ministry of Health should have looked into the claims seriously and objectively. Innocent lives could have been saved and yes, brought the Doc loads of money. This pull me down attitude is in every strata of live, and should be consciously uprooted. If someone does some good, kill the negative thought that is either sarcastic or degrading. If it had been some big shot based abroad with this cure, it would have been different I’m sure .

  19. Audrey

    November 17, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Ha! at least you people are forward thinking, he’s been around for what? 14 years? and he even won a court case Lol. In my country, when a man made this same discovery, he was killed oh sorry he died. Cry the beloved continent.

  20. UB40

    November 17, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I remember Abalaka from way back when the HIV scourge was in its prime and how govt shut him out completely, if he claims to have a cure then he should be subjected to international testing standards but like iphiee rightly pointed out there is a lot of propaganda and profiteering going on in the HIV & AIDS support business, so he has to be really careful and I do wish him all the best.

  21. amaa

    November 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    Did Pfizer an American pharmaceutical get approval from the FGN or consent from the human guinea pig they where using to try out there untested and unapproved drug up North in Nigeria in Nigeria. No and thankfully they settled out of court because they knew going to court would have been more beneficial to the victims in Nigeria. The man has a vaccine that he claims can cure HIV why try to pressure him into stopping his research encourage him . Besides do you think the Oyibo man will be happy that their billion dollar AR would be a thing of the past with this invention. Yes our court processes are cumbersome but if you stick there long enough you will get justice because our laws are clear .

  22. christian

    November 22, 2014 at 7:09 am

    Its a welcome development in naija;a big thanks to justice Nyako for his fair judgement.If ebola drug that was not tested on human being was already in use before approval why not something that has already been used by human been and cure them of their HIV ailment not been approve for use.must it go through international review to deceive us so that they can be making their money through the sales of their antivarials drugs;and the worldbank f loan.let us be wise black.

  23. Morayo

    January 23, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    II have people that are interested how do they get it pls

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