West African Universities To Set Up Research Centre For Herbal Drugs

West African Universities, AWAU, Herbal Drugs, herbsThe Association of West African Universities (AWAU) has concluded arrangement to establish a research centre to produce internationally accepted herbal medicines.

The association says the development is targeted at catering for the health need of Africans.

The Chairman of AWAU and Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyy Ambali, made the announcement on Monday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital in southwest Nigeria.

He explained that the association was established to promote African brotherhood and ensure that the peculiar needs of the black race were discussed with solutions proffered.

Professor Ambali hinted that six universities in West Africa had been saddled with the responsibility to establish the African Herbal Research Centre.

He said University of Ilorin had been selected for the research with a vice chancellor from South Africa as its director.

The academic explained further that the centre would make research into African herbal resources and come up with internationally accepted herbal drugs for the black race.

Police Uncovers Another Baby Factory In Imo

The Imo state police command has arrested a 35 year old native of Umuoda Isingwu, Umuahia south in Abia state, Mrs. Rose Nwadinaobi, for allegedly running an illegal baby factory where pregnant teenagers are kept till day of delivery and their babies sold to interested buyers.

While parading the suspect and her accomplices at the police headquarters in Owerri, the state capital, the police commissioner, Mohammed Katsina, said the group was arrested during an ambush when a suspected buyer, Mrs Amaka Abuchukwu was on transit from Port Harcourt to Owerri, where she bought a day old baby.

Preliminary investigations by the Police revealed that the clinic she described as a herbal clinic was only an illegal baby factory and as at the time of arrest, 6 pregnant teenagers waiting to deliver were rescued.

A sum of N1.03 million, which was deposited by buyers, was also recovered from the woman.

Mrs Nwadinobi, the operator of the factory, initially claimed to be a certified herbal nurse who had over time treated women who are unable to conceive but while on interrogation confessed that her herbal treatment did not produce desired results in Mrs Abuchukwu and due to her desperation, a pregnant teenager was brought in to deliver and hand over a baby boy in exchange for N250,000.

The pregnant teenagers who were rescued from the herbal home disclosed that they all conceived outside the home but individually approached the operator after they were directed by friends and were promised the sum of N50,000 if they willingly surrender their babies after delivery.

Investigations also revealed that the operator of the factory, who resides in Port Harcourt, has a chain of clients all over the country. The Police Commissioner disclosed that further investigations will be carried out on the matter.