first_imgThe uncle of a Missouri woman accused of participating in the riot at the U.S. Capitol last month is now facing charges himself. A federal complaint against William Merry Jr. of St. Louis County was unsealed late Thursday. Merry is the uncle of 21-year-old Emily Hernandez, of Sullivan, who was charged on Jan. 16. A charging document says video and photos show Hernandez and Merry holding a broken piece of the nameplate from outside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office. Merry’s lawyer says Merry doesn’t condone violence “or any type of insurrection of the government.”last_img

first_imgNigeria on Saturday, at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, qualified for the FIFA 2018 World Cup courtesy a 73rd minute strike from Alex Iwobi.A win watched by over 30,000 fans combined, inside and around the stadium. The victory as delightful, left a sour taste in the mouth of some fans who fell victim to stampedes.The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) in a bid to ensure vociferous  support for the Eagles had tickets for the game subsidized to 500 and 1,000 Naira respectively.As expected, the fans turned up in their numbers. Early as 13:00GMT they were already trickling into the stadium. In unity, the security agents aligned to ensure all went according to plan.At the early stages, it seemed orderly as fans armed with their ticket queued for entrance. It became a problem more when both those who had and the many who didn’t have tickets felt they were being delayed unduly and had to begin a forced entrance.The result? STAMPEDE.As it is with such incidents, there were casualties. Many suffered various degree of injuries with the obvious a perforated head.“There were indeed crowd disturbances, people got injured while trying to force their way through. But nobody died.” – Stadium Manager, JohnNo one deserves to get his head smacked with a baton or leg bruised for wanting to cheer his/her beloved Eagles. Sure, there isn’t one route for preventing crowd problems. Even in organized climes, where seats allocations are effective & organization is a norm ~ incidents still occur.How to limit such occurrences should be priority for all involved just as performing well at the quadrennial event is for the team.A reminder that the world governing body (FIFA) earlier slammed Nigeria with a fine of 30,000 Swiss Francs for their fans’ unruly behavior after the Super Eagles’ 4-0 win over Cameroon at the same stadium.RelatedCAF #WCQ Match Day 5: Nigeria, Tunisia, and Egypt one win away from Russia 2018.October 5, 2017In “Africa”Supporters Club President Rafiu Ladipo Berates NFF Over Eagles’ World Cup ExitJuly 1, 2018In “Africa”Toulouse FC vs Paris St GermainJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more