Three-Year-Old Baby Tests Positive For COVID-19 In Imo

A three-year-old baby has tested positive for COVID-19 in Imo State.

This was announced on Wednesday by the Chairman of the COVID-19 taskforce in the state, Professor Maurice Iwu while addressing journalists in Owerri, the Imo state capital.

According to Professor Iwu, the baby is from a family of six, comprising the father and three of his children who all tested positive to the virus.

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He added that the baby will be preferentially isolated.

Iwu said further that the Imo State currently has seven active cases of the virus and efforts are on in scaling up activities to ensure that about 100 persons are tested per day. He urged people of the state not to panic maintaining that Coronavirus is real but not a death sentence.

He also advised residents of the state to continue to adhere to all the precautionary measures put in place by the government.

COVID-19: There Is No Case In Owerri, Says Imo Govt

Former INEC Chairman, Professor Maurice Iwu, briefs ministers about the discovery of a possible treatment for coronavirus.

 

The Imo state Government has debunked rumours making rounds in the state that there is a positive case of the coronavirus disease at the Federal Medical Centre in Owerri.

Addressing journalists in Owerri, the state capital, Chairman of the State COVID-19 Committee, Professor Maurice Iwu said the rumour is false and untrue.

Professor Iwu warned the people against spreading rumours that can cause panic and fear in the state.

According to him, the state government is doing all within its powers to prevent the outbreak of the disease in the state.

While noting that the state is yet to record any case, Iwu said the committee is scaling up its activities.

Part of these include taking samples of people for test in Ebonyi state where they have the nearest COVID-19 Test Laboratory.

Alleged Fraud: Iwu’s Case Remains In Lagos, Court Insists

A photo combination of Professor Maurice Iwu and a logo of the EFCC.

 

A Federal High Court in Lagos has dismissed an application filed by a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Maurice Iwu, seeking the transfer of his N1.23bn fraud trial from Lagos to Abuja.

In his ruling on Friday, Justice Nicholas Oweibo dismissed the application for transfer, stressing that it lacked merit.

The judge subsequently adjourned the case till April 28 for trial.

Justice Oweibo said a look at the list of witnesses submitted by the anti-graft agency showed that most of the witnesses were in Lagos, with some retired, hence “justice will be better served for the trial to proceed in Lagos.”

At the last court proceedings, Counsel to the former INEC boss, Ahmed Raji (SAN) told Justice Oweibo that the transfer is necessary so as not to subject the defendant to great hardship.

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He said that Iwu resides in Abuja but always travels to Lagos whenever the case is coming up.

“My Lord, this defendant is over 70 years of age, and he always travels down to Lagos whenever the case is coming up.

“Then he books a hotel. It will amount to great agony for him to continue with this trial in Lagos,” he said.

The senior lawyer also submitted that since the transaction which led to this charge was done in Abuja, the case should be heard in the nation’s capital.

On his part, EFCC Counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo asked the court to refuse the application because all the witnesses listed in the proof of evidence including the bank officials reside in Lagos and Ibadan. He also argued that it was the Lagos Zonal office of the anti-graft agency that investigated the case.

Oyedepo submitted that the offence for which the defendant was charged touched on the economic well-being of Nigeria, such offences can be tried anywhere in Nigeria.

The EFCC prosecution then cited the provision of Section 98 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, which states that only the Chief Judge of the Court  has the power to transfer any matter.

Maurice Iwu Claims He Has Possible Treatment For Coronavirus

Former INEC Chairman, Professor Maurice Iwu, briefs ministers about the discovery of a possible treatment for coronavirus.

 

 

Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu, says he has identified a possible treatment of the novel Coronavirus which has claimed over 3,000 lives globally.

The COVID-19 virus, Iwu, a Professor of Pharmacognosy, claims is among the neglected tropical emergent diseases his research group has been studying for years.

Professor Iwu made the disclosure while briefing the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who was in the company of the Minister of State for Health, Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora and the Minister of State for Science and Technology, Barrister Mohammed Abdullahi in Abuja on Monday.

According to professor Iwu, who heads a bio-science institute, the US Government has reached out to him to take the discovered compound and test it against the COVID-19 virus.

“We have selected to focus on neglected tropical emergent diseases such as Leishmaniasis, Ebola virus, Dengue fever virus, Chikungunya virus, coronavirus, and Tacaribe virus.

“When the Ebola virus broke out in 2014, many Nigerians were surprised that we had an experimental lead compound that we identified in 1999.

“Now with the emergence of a novel coronavirus in 2019 as COVID-19, we have identified and patented a possible treatment back in 2015, it is very important that we must remain ahead of these emergent infections through research.

“On Thursday last week, the US Government contacted me and we signed a non-clinical evaluation agreement for us to take this product forward and we are trying to see how we can test this compound immediately against this new virus.

“They are trying set up so we can see if this particular one is inferior to SARS so that the programme will be able to go on,” he maintained.

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Professor Iwu added that he has concluded arrangements with the Anti-viral programme of the United Nations National Institute of Health to subject compounds from Nigerian plants against the virus.

“We are considering developing the three products together so they become the first broad-spectrum antiviral agent coming out of Nigeria.

“We want to plead with you to appeal to Nigerians for their support so that we can develop our own medicine and have medicine for coronavirus instead of waiting and using that from other places.

“We are willing to make available, the lead compound which we have isolated,” Professor Iwu stated.

Electoral Malpractice: Osunbor, Olafemi Condemn NHRC Report

NHRC indicts Oserheimen Osunbor and Clarence OlafemiA former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, has faulted the report of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) that indicted him for electoral offence.

Professor Osunbor described the allegation as malicious and unfounded during an interview with Channels Television.

“It is a pity that a body that calls himself a human rights commission should be violating the human rights of people.

“I believe something is seriously wrong with our human rights commission for them to be indicting somebody. They never invited me for any investigation.

“They should tell the world what offence I committed and I will be prepared to face the investigation if that is actually the case,” he said.

The former governor stated that the NHRC also acted in contempt of court for indicting him a second time after he had earlier sued them for indicting him falsely.

Meanwhile, a former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly and acting governor of the state, Mr Clarence Olafemi, has threatened to sue the NHRC for including his name in the list of people indicted for electoral malpractices during the 2007 and 2011 general elections.NHRC indicts Oserheimen Osunbor and Clarence Olafemi

Mr Olafemi told Channels Television he had been cleared by the Appeal Court and wondered why the issue was being brought up at this time.

“We have written them (NHRC) before when that issue was being paraded by the same body, some five or six years ago.

“The Court of Appeal has ruled that I have not committed any electoral offence. Are they better than the Court of Appeal?” the former acting governor questioned.

The reactions are coming after the former Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, aslo said that the NHRC was wrong to have accused him of being involved in electoral malpractice during the 2007/2011 general elections.

He said that the commission did not properly study the judgment of the Appeal Court in Benin, which removed him, adding that the judgment later proved to have been wrongly given against him.

The NHRC report on ending electoral impunity had indicted 118 persons of committing various forms of malpractices and violence during the 2007/2011 general elections in Nigeria.

Amongst those indicted by the report were Dr. Uduaghan, former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, a former acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi and a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu among others.

NHRC Wrong To Indict Me Of Electoral Malpractice – Uduaghan

Emmanuel Uduaghan, NHRCFormer Governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, on Thursday said the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) was wrong to have accused him of being involved in electoral malpractice during the 2007/2011 general elections.

Reacting to the accusation, he said that the NHRC did not properly study the judgment of the Appeal Court in Benin, which removed him.

The former governor added that the judgment later proved to have been wrongly given against him.

He noted that if the commission had studied the case, they would not recommend him for prosecution.

Mr Uduaghan also expressed concern over the refusal of the NHRC to invite him to hear his side before making its report public.

The NHRC report on ending electoral impunity had indicted 118 persons of committing various forms of malpractices and violence during the 2007/2011 general elections in Nigeria.

Amongst those indicted by the report were Dr. Uduaghan, former Governor of Edo State, Professor Oserheimen Osunbor, a former acting Governor of Kogi State, Clarence Olafemi and a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Maurice Iwu among others.