Gunmen Abduct Former Minister, Husband In Kaduna

Gunmen Abduct , Former Minister, Gunmen, KadunaA former Minister of Environment, Laurentia Malam and her husband have been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen along the Bwari axis of Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

Spokesman for the Kaduna Police command, Aliyu Usman confirmed the incident.

He said that security operatives have been deployed to rescue the victims and arrest the kidnappers.

According to him, the former Minister and her husband were abducted on Monday evening along Bwari-Jere road when they were returning to their Kaduna home from Abuja.

The victims were said to have been abducted in the presence of their driver who was later released by the kidnappers.

However, the Police spokesman said that the kidnappers have not demanded for any ransom.

Reported cases of kidnapping in Kaduna State have been on the rise recently, although the Police say they are trying their best to bring the situation under control.

Kogi State To Host 2014 National Environmental Sanitation Day

The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada
The Kogi State Governor, Idris Wada

The Kogi State Government says it has adopted a participatory approach towards getting its indigenes involved in cleanliness and environmental sanitation.

The State Deputy Governor, Yomi Awoniyi, stated  this when he received in audience, the Minister of Environment, Mrs Laurentia Malam, who was represented by Mrs Funmilayo Oyeyipo.

Mrs Oyeyipo, who is the Team Leader of the NESD Organizing Committee, was in Kogi State to hold consultations, and deliberation plans towards the forthcoming commemoration of the National Environmental Sanitation Day 2014, which Kogi State has been selected to host.

In her speech, she described environmental sanitation as an essential factor contributing to the health of Nigerians, stating that Kogi State was selected to host the 2014 National Environmental Sanitation Day in recognition of the proactive environmental protection policy of the Capt. Idris Wada-led administration.

While giving his key note address, the Deputy Governor, who represented Governor Idris Wada, revealed that Kogi State was in the process of procuring equipment to embrace refuse collection and disposal of waste in the state capital.

Awoniyi stated that the state never had a refuse dump since its creation but that the present administration has made beautification and sanitation a key component in its transformation agenda by establishing a refuse dump.

The Deputy Governor then asked for greater collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Environment, describing the visit by the ministry as a harbinger of better things to come in the sanitation of the state.