A new twist seem to be playing out at the University of Benin as Dean of School of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Benin [UNIBEN] Mr. Isaiah Ibeh Thursday tendered apology to the school management over his claims of discovering a drug that can cure HIV/AIDS, saying the research is still at its preliminary stage.
Mr. Isaiah Ibeh had on Tuesday told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that there had been a breakthrough in his research for a drug that can cure HIV/AIDS,
“We are at the threshold of making history in the sense that we seem to have with us something that will permanently take care of what over times seems to have defiled all solutions”
According to him, his research started in 2010 and culminated in the development of Deconcotion X (DX)-liquid or Bioclean II for the cure of HIV and AIDS.
According to a statement signed by Mr. Ibeh, “I am very sorry for the embarrassment this has caused the university of Benin and professional colleagues, releasing that there are procedures of reporting such scientific results”.
“The true position is that some observations of our research are preliminary and the research is still on-going.’’
“The true position is that some observations of our research are preliminary and the research is still on-going."
But UNIBEN authorities had Wednesday disclaimed the breakthrough insisting they were not consulted.
But Provost College of Medical Sciences, Mr. Vincent Iyawe had poured water on the claims by Mr. Ibeh saying “our in-house investigation is on-going to ascertain his finding.”
He noted that the procedural process by tertiary institutions in research findings was not adopted by Mr. Ibeh, making it difficult to substantiate his claim.
‘’The university was not consulted. He didn’t carry any one of us along, so this is the issue”
"Researchers have a responsibility to ensure that they follow the requisite procedure and protocol of its institution to establish whatever discovery and invention before going to the press, which he pointed out, was not adhered to by Ibeh in his HIV/AIDS research findings.