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Why C’River Assembly will enact severe anti-kidnap law



Speaker of Cross River State House of Assembly, Elvert Ayambem has disclosed that the House will soon enact a state law that will mete out severe punishment to kidnappers.

He spoke to the leadership of Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, when they called on him to seek the Assembly’s support to rescue their colleague, Prof Ekanem Ephraim of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital who was kidnapped a week ago.

The armed abductors had pretended to be patients.

Expressing sadness over incessant cases of kidnappings in parts of the state, the Speaker said when the law comes into effect, whosoever is caught in the act of kidnapping in the state will pay heavily for it.

“I really feel very sad by the frequency of abductions. The recent case of Professor (Mrs) Ekanem Philip Ephraim of the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital is very worrisome.

“I understand your pain and want to assure you that we will do everything possible to secure her immediate release from the kidnappers’ den. The State governor and the security operatives are working round the clock to bring her back safely,” he said.

The Speaker appealed to the NMA not to carry out their threat of withdrawing their professional services.

He assured of the safe release of the doctor of Neurology.

Speaking earlier, chairman of NMA, Dr Felix Archibong who led the NMA delegation on the visit, said the trauma the victim is going through was unspeakable.

He said there have been incessant kidnapping of their members and called on government and security agencies to end it.

He pleaded that Prof Ephraim should be released unhurt soon enough.

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FG Clarifies Renaming of Murtala Muhammed Expressway



Minister Of Information
– FG denies renaming Murtala Muhammed Expressway after Wole Soyinka
– New road inaugurated by President Tinubu named Arterial Road N20
– Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged

The Federal Government has dispelled rumors that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway in Abuja was renamed Wole Soyinka Way.

The government clarified that the renaming of the expressway was never considered by the current administration.

Instead, a new road was inaugurated by President Bola Tinubu on June 4, 2024, which was named Arterial Road N20.

This new road connects the Outer Northern Expressway to the Northern Parkway and was named after Prof. Wole Soyinka.

The confusion arose from a proposal by the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, during the inauguration, which was approved by President Tinubu. ”

The government emphasized that the Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, honoring the legacy of the former Head of State, Gen. Murtala Ramat Muhammed.

Therefore, the Arterial Road N20 is named after Prof Soyinka.

The Murtala Muhammed Expressway remains unchanged, the government stressed.


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Leading with Love: Governor’s Father’s Day Message



Lagos State Governor
– Governor highlights importance of fatherhood and leadership
– Emphasis on responsibility, love, and sacrifice for family and community
– Commitment to building a stronger, more caring community

As Father’s Day celebrations unfolded, Lagos Governor, Mr. Sanwo-Olu, shared a heartfelt message emphasizing the significance of fatherhood and leadership.

He noted that fatherhood is about responsibility, love, and sacrifice, quoting, “The same dedication I bring to my family, I bring to serving Lagos.”

The Governor’s words resonated with Lagos residents, who praised his commitment to building a stronger, more caring community.

Mr. Sanwo-Olu’s message also highlighted the importance of love and principles in guiding daily actions, both at home and in public service. He encouraged Lagos residents to uphold these values.

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