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Before We Close The 3rd Mainland Bridge — By Prince Adeyemi Aseperi.

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Sequel to the notification that the popular and busy Lagos 3rd Mainland bridge will be closed from Thursday, August 23rd to the midnight of Sunday, August 26th, for investigative maintenance test, I write to notify you that there are things to be done before 3rd mainland bridge could be closed to motorists.

I called that the Federal Government had earlier announced plans to close the bridge in July, but had to be shelved after due consultation with the state government and wide deliberations with other stakeholders, who expressed concern about the indiscriminate parking of articulated vehicles on other alternative routes which would have adversely affected motorists.

Subsequently, a Joint Task Force set up to remove the articulated vehicles from the highway was said to have been able to achieve a tremendous success but, the trailers are still on the bridges and the road on ikorodu road.

Once third mainland bridge is closed the only alternative route that Lagos State government will be banking on is the Lagos-Ikorodu road, Herbert Macaulay, Muritala Muhammed into oyingbo ,Iddo towards idumota. Sir those roads need fixing before 3rd mainland can be closed.

However, a critical look at Ikorodu road shows that the level of potholes and at some levels big gullies at the roads from mile 12, Ikorodu road to CMS to Bonny Camp is unimaginable. The same thing with Muritala Muhammed road is equally very bad. The road is worst anytime it rains. These we believe should have been fixed before closing the bridge.

Also, Leventis to Silverbird Galleria, overhead bridges and at some point the light rail construction is making motorists pass through hell along with those routes and blocking this most used bridge without fixing the bad roads and moving the trailers will further compound the hardship being experienced there already.

Meanwhile, a check at the Lagos-Ikorodu road still shows that tanker drivers are still packed on the bridges and along ikorodu road, Yes! This is the true nature of that road. If the 3rd mainland bridge is closed, there is no way Lagosians can withstand the kind of hardship that will be accompanied it. Motorists moving from Mainland to Island will be left with no choice than the Lagos-Ikorodu road via Stadium-Constain which will have a hellish time moving to the island due to the present rehabilitation going on in some areas connected to the road. Part of Harbert Macaulay road and Muritala Muhammed roads are also asking for repairs.

A typical example was when there was rain on Monday, 13th of August, 2018, 3rd mainland bridge and ikorodu roads were locked down due to bad roads and water logs and many motorists and others didn’t get to work until about 12noon.

Meanwhile, the tanker drivers menace needs urgent attention before the close of the 3rd mainland bridge for easy access to the island.

We agree that the decision jointly taken by the Lagos State’s Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya and the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to close down the 3rd mainland bridge is an excellent idea for assessment and repairs.

Therefore, on behalf of millions of Lagosians /Nigerians using the roads, I will like to suggest to our distinguished governor to please fix the problems on some of the alternative routes we talked about before the close of 3rd Mainland bridge. Otherwise, the good intention may turn out to be a major problem to Lagosians / Nigerians.

I also hope that the 3 days closure of 3rd mainland bridge will be used to fix visible potholes on the bridge.

We acknowledged the work of our distinguishes governor, we also know that closing the road is for the welfare of the Lagosians /Nigerians. Well done for all the wonderful jobs you are doing in Lagos state.

Wishing you more wisdom to govern Lagos state.

Cc. Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing
Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola

Cc. Lagos State Commissioner Works and Infrastructure,
Mr Ade Akinsanya

By Prince Adeyemi Aseperi.

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Kidnappers Kill Igbinedion University Lecturer

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Edo Commissioner of Police, Mr. Mohammed DanMallam, on Sunday, confirmed the killing of Kelvin Izevbekhai, a lecturer with the Igbinedion University, Okada, near Benin City, by suspected kidnappers.

DanMallam said Izevbekhai was killed in an attempted escape bid when the victims were being marched into the forest by the kidnappers.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the gunmen were said to be operating near Okada junction along the Benin-Lagos highway.

It was learnt that the gunmen abducted Izevbekhai and other passengers in the bus in which they were travelling.

“The driver of the minibus was said to have fled into the bush along with four other passengers.

“Unfortunately, one of the passengers who tried to escape during the abduction was killed by the gunmen.

“The police went after the kidnappers in the bush and succeeded in rescuing the victims.”

He said the police were working on a new strategy which entails taking the war to the kidnappers’ den in the jungle, adding that it is the best way to tackle the scourge.

Spokesman for the university, Mr. Jide Ilugbo, who confirmed the killing described it as “barbaric.”

İlugbo said late Izevbekhai was a First-Class graduate and was employed in the university in 2016.

He said it was then, dangerous to travel on the Benin-Lagos highway due to frequent attacks by armed robbers and kidnappers.

The official said it was unfortunate he ran into hoodlums, saying that the trailer parked before Okada junction is a hideout for criminals.

(NAN)

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Nigerian Doctor Wins “Brain Tumor Research” Award In U.S

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Dr. Chibawanye Ene, a US-based Nigerian Doctor, has won the 2019 Ronald L.Bittner Award on Brain Tumor Research.

A statement from the Clinical Department, Applied Radiation Oncology, U.S., said Ene received the award at the 2019 American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting held from April 13 to April 17, 2019, in San Diego.

The-37-year-old, who is from Akpugo in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, won the award with his research work on ‘Anti-PD-L1 Immunotherapy Enhances Radiation-induced Abscopal Response in Glioblastoma’.

Journalists gathered that Immunotherapy is a type of cancer treatment that helps the immune system fight cancer.

The immune system made up of white blood cells, organs and tissues of the lymph system help the body fight infections and other diseases.

The Clinical Department stated Immunotherapy is a type of biological therapy.

Also, Glioblastoma, known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), is the most aggressive cancer that begins within the brain.

Initially, signs and symptoms of glioblastoma are non-specific.

They may include headaches, personality changes, nausea, and symptoms similar to those of a stroke.

Immunotherapy for glioblastoma has been largely unsuccessful in part because molecular heterogeneity drives selective elimination of only a subset of tumour cells.

According to the statement, it appears that therapeutic success in patients would require achieving an abscopal effect, where following focused radiation therapy, non-targeted tumour cells are attacked by the immune system.

The statement further revealed that it remains unclear how glioblastoma responds to focused radiation in terms of failure location and whether immunotherapy could amplify the immune response to tumour outside the radiation field.

The result of the study’s experiment shows that radiation combined with anti PD L1 therapy induces an immunological response to unirradiated glioblastoma.

The researchers are currently optimizing other treatment combinations that could also be readily assessed in phase I human clinical trials.

(Vanguard)

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RRS Arrests Fake Soldier, Robber In Lagos [PHOTOS]

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The operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), a unit of the Lagos State Police Command on Wednesday arrested a fake soldier and a robber.

The fake soldier was arrested along Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way near Muritala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja while the robber was caught in action at Oshodi robbing commuters.

The fake soldier, Yusuf Quadri, 22, from Ogun State, was arrested during a cautious stop and search by RRS officers. The suspect was riding a commercial tricycle along Airport Road, which has been restricted by Lagos State Government.

Quadri when stopped by the police told the officers he was a military officer. A little probe by the officer revealed he was impersonating.

Quadri, a primary school certificate holder disclosed during interrogation that he stole one of the military uniforms of a newly promoted officer, who he was assisting to get his luggage ready.

He added that he thereafter used the uniform to take a photograph, which he subsequently converted to an identity card.

The suspect in his confessional statement told the police that he made use of his military photograph and outfit to by-pass security operatives, Local Government and LASTMA officials that might attempt to arrest him whenever he was on the wrong side of the law. The stolen military uniform was recovered from the suspect’s home.

The robbery suspect, Emeka Ohiaeri, from Imo State had around 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday night pulled off a mobile phone from the hands of a youth corps member in Oshodi traffic.

Unknown to Ohiaeri, RRS operative spotted him and trailed him to where he was standing with his colleagues before arresting him. The phone was recovered from him and handed over to its owner at the RRS Headquarter, Ikeja, the following day.

The suspect confessed to the police that since arriving Oshodi few years ago, he had been surviving through stolen phones, purses and handbags.

He added that he had lost count of the numbers of phones he had collected in traffic. He emphasized that he has a regular buyer for such phones.

Meanwhile, Lagos Commissioner of Police, CP Muazu Zubairu, has directed that the two suspects be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department, adding that RRS reinforce its presence in Oshodi to curb traffic robbery.

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