“We are really worried about this trend and we use this opportunity to call on the Police to hunt down and arrest the killers of Uzama, as well as intensify efforts in their search for the killers of Izu Joseph,” stressed the NFF scribe.According to reports from Benin City, the former Flying Eagles invitee was hit by a bullet while in company with close friends.The player who was on holidays in the ancient city, was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.Nobody has been arrested in connection with the death of the Gombe player.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram “Only two months ago, we had a similar case of a player of Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan (Izu Joseph) who was murdered in cold blood in Rivers State. By Femi SolajaSaddened by the recent waves of wanton killings of players from the domestic league, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has called on the Nigeria Police to intensify efforts to fish out those responsible for the death of former Nigeria youth international Douglas Uzama, who was killed in Benin City on Thursday, 29th December 2016.The killing of the Gombe player is coming barely two months after another Shooting Stars of Ibadan defender, Izu Joseph was shot dead in Rivers State in circumstances that still remained a mystery to his family and friends. The Gombe United FC player was said to have been murdered in the capital of Edo State where he had gone to celebrate the yuletide with his family.But while reacting to the killing of the footballer yesterday, NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said that the federation was in deep grief over the manner of death of the former Golden Eaglet and Flying Eagle.
The University Park Campus will become a sea of cardinal and gold Saturday for USC’s Homecoming Game against Arizona State, with music blasting and the smell of barbecue. There will be a tangible feeling of excitement and school pride in the air, as nearly 10,000 Trojan fans will gather around to cheer on the football team.“As a Trojan, game day is a time to celebrate the university we all love,” said Chris McCall, a junior majoring in business administration. “On game days, we have the chance to appreciate all that USC has given us and show our collective pride while enjoying an experience unique in the realm of college football. Football is the main act, but it would not be as impactful without the Trojan Family there to enjoy it.”The large increase in the number of people in the area has the greatest impact on the Dept. of Public Safety, which is tasked with patrolling campus and ensuring all fans remain safe and obey the rules. Football games bring unique challenges for DPS by presenting issues that are different from what officers deal with on a typical day.“We deal with tailgating issues such as controlling amplified sound and enforcing the university’s no drinking games policy,” said DPS Capt. David Carlisle. “Other typical game day issues include illegal food vendors selling on campus, the sales of unauthorized USC merchandise, and occasional ticket scalping. On a very warm day, we routinely receive medical calls which are typically a result of people becoming dehydrated.”Students said they have seen these problems firsthand.“For the Cal game, it was over 85 degrees and many people were still consuming copious amounts of alcohol,” McCall said. “I believe that actual crime is a minor problem as compared to the impacts on the health of students and fans.”According to Carlisle, all DPS personnel are required to work during a home football game. Officers are assigned either a full shift on campus or a full shift at the Coliseum. As DPS is responsible for the safety of all of the students attending the game, their primary responsibility at the Coliseum is Gate 28, the student section entrance.“There are seats for 12,000 students. DPS, along with private security, screen the students as they enter the Coliseum to make sure they abide by the rules of attending a game at that venue,” Carlisle said. “Typical violations at Gate 28 include public intoxication, using someone else’s ID, attempting to take alcohol into the Coliseum or cutting in line. Those students are cited into SJACS and ejected from the stadium.”The home opener about Hawaii on Sept. 1 had the most student ejections from the game, which Carlisle attributed to the fact that it was the first home game of the season and many new students had yet to learn the importance of the rules of conduct for football games. There were 30 students ejected from that game, while the California and Colorado games each had 11 student ejections.“The biggest concern is that there is basically unlimited access to alcohol on game days, and there are many young children present too,” said Michelle Nadjar, a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. “Even though adults are everywhere, sometimes they partake in the drinking more than the students and can’t serve as the best supervision for their kids.”Although DPS is primarily responsible for activities occurring on-campus and students at the Coliseum, LAPD is responsible for the area surrounding campus and the general public attending the game.“There is an Emergency Operations Center off campus which is activated on game days,” Carlisle said. “Representatives from multiple agencies including DPS, LAPD, L.A. Sheriff’s Department, L.A. Fire Department, USC Metro Line, LADOT and representatives from other agencies all work together in joint command to oversee all of the game day public safety issues from one central location.”Carlisle said DPS has seen no change in the amount of crime that occurs on game days in recent years. The football team has played in front of a filled Coliseum almost every game this season, an increase from the last two years when the NCAA bowl ban was still in effect.“I basically feel just as safe on game days as I do on normal days because there always seem to be tons of random people on campus,” said Mariah Robinson, a sophomore majoring in theatre. “It just gets a little more alarming on game days because there’s a mass majority of people who are probably intoxicated.”Other students cited conflicts between fans as a primary concern.“I feel slightly more unsafe when there is a home football game,” said Jackie Molina, a sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering. “Because of the competitive nature of USC football, fans from the opposing team get very riled up.”Although game days are not known as high crime events, Carlisle said that fans could help DPS by taking steps to reduce the most common rule violations. This includes refraining from purchasing food or merchandise from illegal vendors, consuming alcohol wisely and hiding valuables that are locked in parked cars.“In spite of thousands of fans and students tailgating on campus and at the Coliseum and the amount of celebrating that takes place, the fans are remarkably well behaved,” said Carlisle. “For the size of the crowd, we have very few serious problems, which speaks well of Trojan fans.”
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging a new state law that changed the way some judges are selected in Iowa.The lawsuit filed in May by a group of Democratic lawmakers and lawyers against Gov. Kim Reynolds was dismissed Thursday by a state court judge who said they don’t have legal standing to challenge the law.The new law passed by Republicans and signed by Reynolds gave the governor an additional appointment to the 17-member state judicial nominating commission resulting in the governor having a majority of nine appointees. Lawyers continue to elect eight members to the group.The lawsuit alleged that the vote of the lawyer members of the commission has been diluted and that the law is an unconstitutional overreach by the legislative branch of government into the judicial branch.The commission nominates justices for the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals.Judge Sarah Crane, who was appointed to the court by Reynolds last year, dismissed the case.Reynolds says the decision is good news for the rule of law and Iowans.Attorneys for the plaintiffs say the decision will be appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court.