Police Arrest Two Suspected Pipeline Vandals In Ogun

 

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested two suspected pipeline vandals along Simawa road in the region of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) camp.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Tuesday.

He disclosed that the suspects were nabbed by officers attached to the RCCG Divisional Headquarters.

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According to Oyeyemi, the accused persons — Tunde Ramoni and Yinka Olufowobi — ran out of luck when policemen were on routine patrol in the area.

The statement said, “The two suspects were sighted in a blue Toyota Camry car with registration number RC 862 AAA loaded with petroleum product in sacks.

“On sighting the police, they made an attempt to escape but they were hotly chased and apprehended.”

The command’s spokesman explained that upon interrogation, the suspects confessed that they were coming from Oloparun Village via Ogijo, where they used to get the product from a vandalised pipeline in collaboration with other accomplices living in the area.

He added that the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects and exhibit to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for further investigation, with a view of apprehending other accomplices.

Football Club Owner Banned For Invading Pitch With Gun

In this file photo taken on March 11, 2018, PAOK’s Greek-Russian president Ivan Savvidis (C) takes to the pitch carrying a handgun in his waistband (below C), after the referee refused a last-minute goal during the Greek Superleague football match PAOK Thessaloniki vs AEK Athens in Thessaloniki. PHOTO: Stringer / AFP

 

The owner of Greek club PAOK has been banned for three years after storming onto the pitch with a holstered gun on his belt, league organisers said.

PAOK were also docked three points and fined for Ivan Savvidis’ actions, meaning they drop to third place in a tight championship race with AEK and Olympiakos.

The ruling, which also includes a 100,000-euro ($123,000) fine for Greek-Russian businessman Savvidis and a separate 63,000-euro fine for PAOK, is open to appeal.

Also, Thursday, the monitoring committee of global football body FIFA recommended the immediate suspension of Greece’s football federation, according to a letter leaked to Greek media.

The Greek league will resume on Saturday after being suspended on March 12 in the wake of the Savvidis incident.

The clubs have agreed to a list of government demands, including point deductions and automatic relegation for clubs responsible for violence.

AFP

Student Shoots Two Dead In School

 

A young student at a private school in Brazil shot dead two other children and wounded four more Friday, the emergency services said.

There were conflicting reports from the authorities about the ages of those involved.

All the victims were 12 or 13 years old, police and the fire department in the central city of Goiana said initially.

However, police investigators told AFP that the suspected shooter, who was arrested, was 14 and that students shot could be anywhere from 11 to 16.

Speaking on Globo television, a police officer said the assailant was the son of a policeman and that the pistol used was police-issue.

Local media reported that the boy had been bullied.

“At break time, he took the gun out of his bag and began shooting,” an unidentified witness was quoted as saying by G1 news site. “Then everyone began to run.”

The bloodshed in the state of Goias was a shock in Brazil, where student-on-student shootings of the kind common in the United States are unusual.

However, the country is one of the most violent in the world, recording nearly 60,000 homicides a year. Among the frequent victims are children hit by stray bullets in tightly packed favela slum neighborhoods or while in school.

Cassio Almeida de Rosa, who works with the Brazilian Public Security Forum in studying violence, said “what’s noteworthy” was the access to a firearm at home in this case.

Earlier this month, a security guard reportedly suffering from mental illness deliberately set fire to a nursery school, killing himself, nine children and a teacher.

About 40 people were injured in the blaze at the nursery school in Janauba, a small town about 370 miles (600 km) from the state capital of Minas Gerais.

AFP

 

Three Million Americans Carry A Handgun Daily – Study

As many as three million people in the United States carry a loaded handgun daily, while nine million do so at least once a month, according to a US study Thursday.

Most of these gun-toting Americans are young men, live in the south and say personal protection is a top reason for walking around with a deadly weapon, said the report in the American Journal of Public Health.

The study is the first in 20 years to look at gun-carrying habits in a nation that has been repeatedly seen fatal mass shootings at schools, concerts, and workplaces, researchers said.

“It was important to study handgun carrying because about 90 percent of all firearm homicides and nonfatal firearm crimes for which the type of firearm is known are committed with a handgun,” said lead author Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health.

“An important first step to examining the consequences of firearm carrying at the national level is an accurate measurement of the occurrence of this behavior and characterization of those who engage in it.”

The data came from a 2015 nationally representative survey that assessed handgun-carrying behavior of 1,444 gun owners.

“Compared with handgun owners who did not carry, those who did report carrying handguns tended to be younger, and more often male, live in the southern United States, have grown up in firearm-owning households, self-identify as politically conservative, and own more than one type of firearm,” said the report.

The survey found that 80 percent of surveyed handgun owners who carried their handgun had a concealed-carry permit.

Two-thirds said they always carried their handguns concealed, compared with 10 percent who said they always carry their weapons openly.

Some owners reported carrying a concealed handgun without a permit in states in which doing so was illegal.

Nationwide, state laws on handgun carrying have generally become less restrictive over the last 30 years, said the study.

Co-authors on the study came from the Harvard School of Public Health, the University of Colorado and Northeastern University.

AFP