P.M. NEWS Nigeria http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com First with Nigeria News - Nigerian leading evening Newspaper - Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:00:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 News Analysis: Police save Kano from multiple bombing plots http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/news-analysis-police-save-kano-from-multiple-bombing-plots/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/news-analysis-police-save-kano-from-multiple-bombing-plots/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:00:48 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204775 But for the vigilance of Nigerian policemen, many people would have died today if terrorists had succeeded in their plans to bomb the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on several fronts. Though the bombing of the Catholic Church in Sabon Gari succeeded, claiming five lives, the attack would have been a child’s play if a […]]]>

But for the vigilance of Nigerian policemen, many people would have died today if terrorists had succeeded in their plans to bomb the northern Nigerian city of Kano, on several fronts.

Though the bombing of the Catholic Church in Sabon Gari succeeded, claiming five lives, the attack would have been a child’s play if a massive bomb planted at Isyiaku Rabiu mosque where hundreds of worshippers were billed to observe the Eid-el-Fitri prayers had not been discovered.

But the police in Kano found this out.

Kano State Commissioner of Police in the State, Adenrele Shinaba showing a white Peugeot laden with explosives

Kano State Commissioner of Police in the State, Adenrele Shinaba showing a white Peugeot laden with explosives

What Security sources said was a high calibre improvised explosive device was primed in a tinted vehicle and strategically parked within the premises of the mosque that also served as an Eid praying ground.

ASP Magaji Musa Majia said the police commissioner, Adelenre Shinaba would address the press on the incident.

Outside, the Bayero University in Kano, five policemen became heroes as they frustrated a female suicide bomber on her way to the school.

The woman blew herself up outside after they prevented her from carrying out an attack, injuring five officers, police said.

“A female suicide bomber was isolated as she was walking towards the gate of the university,” said police spokesman Frank Mba, adding that she had hidden the bomb under her “long black hijab”.

“Police on duty isolated her” because she was behaving strangely, Mba said.

They were about to ask a woman colleague to frisk the woman when she detonated the bomb, killing herself and injuring the five police officers, he said.

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Kano bomb attack: Police arrest five suspects http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/kano-bomb-attack-police-arrest-five-suspects/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/kano-bomb-attack-police-arrest-five-suspects/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:32:07 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204770 Nigeria Police said on Sunday that as part of ongoing investigations into the various terror related incidents that occurred in Kano, it operatives in the ancient city have arrested five male suspects for their complicity in the attacks. In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Frank Mba, police said two of the suspects were arrested […]]]>
File Photo: Mastermind of Nyanya Bombing, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche (C) in company of Interpol officers

File Photo: Mastermind of Nyanya Bombing, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche (C) in company of Interpol officers

Nigeria Police said on Sunday that as part of ongoing investigations into the various terror related incidents that occurred in Kano, it operatives in the ancient city have arrested five male suspects for their complicity in the attacks.

In a statement signed by its spokesperson, Frank Mba, police said two of the suspects were arrested in connection with the foiled bomb attack at Isyaku Rabiu Mosque, while three were arrested in connection with the attack at St. Charles Church which occurred on Sunday morning.

Reports indicated that about five lives were lost to the Sunday attack in which an improvised explosive device was allegedly thrown into the the Church auditorium.

Mba, an Assistant Commissioner of Police added that all the suspects are currently undergoing interrogation.

The Police also said its has embarked on intensive patrols of the city while it also advised citizens to be vigilant and report any suspicious person or activities to security forces.

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Hamas chief: We cannot coexist with occupiers http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/hamas-chief-we-cannot-coexist-with-occupiers/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/hamas-chief-we-cannot-coexist-with-occupiers/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:25:47 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204771 Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal demanded Israel lift its blockade of Gaza and warned that Palestinians cannot coexist with their neighbors while their land is occupied, in an interview broadcast Sunday. On Saturday, Meshaal was interviewed by US broadcaster PBS in the Qatari capital Doha while in Gaza his Islamist militia was under assault from Israeli […]]]>
Khaled Meshaal

Khaled Meshaal

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal demanded Israel lift its blockade of Gaza and warned that Palestinians cannot coexist with their neighbors while their land is occupied, in an interview broadcast Sunday.

On Saturday, Meshaal was interviewed by US broadcaster PBS in the Qatari capital Doha while in Gaza his Islamist militia was under assault from Israeli forces in renewed fighting that has left hundreds dead.

A full version of the interview will be broadcast late on Monday, but excerpts were revealed on Sunday on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

Asked by veteran interviewer Charlie Rose whether he could foresee living beside Israelis in peace, Meshaal said only a future Palestinian state could decide whether to recognize the Jewish state.

“We are not fanatics, we are not fundamentalists. We are not actually fighting the Jews because they are Jews per se. We do not fight any other races. We fight the occupiers,” he said.

“I’m ready to coexist with the Jews, with the Christians and the Arabs and non-Arabs,” he said. “However, I do not coexist with the occupiers.”

Pressed on whether Palestinians could recognize the state of Israel as a Jewish state, Meshaal reiterated Hamas’ position — the group does not recognize Israel.

“When we have a Palestinian state then the Palestinian state will decide on its policies. You cannot actually ask me about the future. I answered you,” he said.

“But Palestinian people can have their say when they have their own state without occupation.”

Hamas declared a 24-hour ceasefire on Sunday, but fighting continued in Gaza and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his forces would push on with attempts to destroy the group’s tunnel network.

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Major Bomb Explosion Averted In Kano On Sallah Day http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/major-bomb-explosion-averted-in-kano-on-sallah-day/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/major-bomb-explosion-averted-in-kano-on-sallah-day/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:09:49 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204760 Eromosele Ebhomele A car loaded with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and programmed to explode at a major mosque in Kano, Nigeria on Sunday has been disconnected by officials of the Nigeria Police. Commissioner of Police in the State, Adenrele Shinaba, who disclosed this at a press conference held at the Police Headquarters in Bompai, Kano, […]]]>

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Kano State Commissioner of Police in the State, Adenrele Shinaba showing a white Peugeot laden with explosives

Kano State Commissioner of Police in the State, Adenrele Shinaba showing a white Peugeot laden with explosives

A car loaded with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and programmed to explode at a major mosque in Kano, Nigeria on Sunday has been disconnected by officials of the Nigeria Police.

Commissioner of Police in the State, Adenrele Shinaba, who disclosed this at a press conference held at the Police Headquarters in Bompai, Kano, explained that the car, a white Peugeot 406 with registration number: AA 513 ZAK, was discovered abandoned at the gate of Isiayaku Rabiu Mosque located at Goron Dutse Qtrs Kano.

He said the car was abandoned on Saturday night and its content programmed to explode on Sunday during a prayer service at the mosque.

He said residents were smart enough to quickly call the attention of the police to the parked car.

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“On Saturday, 26 July, an eve to this year’s Eid Fitr celebration by Muslims all over the world, the Kano State Police Command wishes to inform the general public that at about 10:40pm a distress call was received from the members of the community that a Peugeot 406 white in colour with registration number: AA 513 ZAK was discovered abandoned at the gate of Isiayaku Rabiu Mosque located at Goron Dutse Qtrs Kano.

“On receipt of the information, our men led by the EOD personnel were mobilized to the scene and discovered the said vehicle was loaded with IEDs primed to be detonated during today’s Eid Fitr’s Prayers.

“We immediately disconnected and dislodge the EIDs safely without causing any injury or damage,” he said adding that the success was the result of the sensitisation programmes of the police in the State.

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He urged citizens of the country to support the command and all the security agencies in the country in the fight against terrorism and all forms of criminal activities.

“On our part, we would continue to give our very best in providing adequate security of lives and properties as well as maintaining law and order in the State,” he promised.

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In Pictures: How Jonathan marked Eid-el-Fitri http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/in-pictures-how-jonathan-marked-eid-el-fitri/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/in-pictures-how-jonathan-marked-eid-el-fitri/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:03:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204746 ]]>
Jonathan receives a sallah Souvenir from VP Namadi Sambo

Jonathan receives a sallah Souvenir from VP Namadi Sambo

L-R: Permsec FCT, Mr. John Chukwu, Olajumoke Akinjide, Senator Bala Mohammed, FCT Minister and VP Sambo present another gift to Jonathan

L-R: Permsec FCT, Mr. John Chukwu, Olajumoke Akinjide, Senator Bala Mohammed, FCT Minister and VP Sambo present another gift to Jonathan

The giant sallah Card opened

The giant sallah Card opened

Jonathan in photo shoots with two kids living in Abuja

Jonathan in photo shoots with two kids living in Abuja

Another two kids take their turn for photo-ops with President Jonathan

Another two kids take their turn for photo-ops with President Jonathan

Abuja residents led Senator Mohammed Bala take turns to shake hands with Jonathan

Abuja residents led Senator Mohammed Bala take turns to shake hands with Jonathan

Time for a memento of the visit

Time for a memento of the visit

President Goodluck Jonathan receives the Chief Imam of Abuja in a sallah homage

President Goodluck Jonathan receives the Chief Imam of Abuja in a sallah homage

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Korean Ambassador’s Taekwondo Cup Holds Sept. http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/korean-ambassadors-taekwondo-cup-holds-sept/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/korean-ambassadors-taekwondo-cup-holds-sept/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:59:33 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204720 The fifth edition of the Korean Ambassador’s Taekwondo Championship has been fixed for 12-14 September in Lagos. The tournament is a joint project of the Korean Embassy, the Nigeria Taekwondo Black Belt College (NTBBC) in collaboration with Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) and Lagos State Taekwondo Association. As defending champions, the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps team […]]]>

Taekwando

The fifth edition of the Korean Ambassador’s Taekwondo Championship has been fixed for 12-14 September in Lagos.
The tournament is a joint project of the Korean Embassy, the Nigeria Taekwondo Black Belt College (NTBBC) in collaboration with Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) and Lagos State Taekwondo Association.

As defending champions, the Nigerian Civil Defence Corps team will compete against teams within and outside Nigeria with 32 male and five female teams expected to compete at the three-day championship.

To be in tandem with what obtains globally, this year competition will adhere strictly to the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) guidelines to make it more exciting, while special awards will also be given to some pioneers of Nigerian taekwondo as well as former national presidents.

Meanwhile, in a bid to standardise the training and teaching methodology of taekwondo in Nigeria, the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation (NTF) will organise a four-day course cum examinations.

According to the President of NTF, George Ashiru, the programme is aimed at updating the knowledge of the coaches as well as groom top class instructors that would produce the next generation of athletes for the country.

“The NTF will organise an international training course for all levels of coaches and instructors all over the nation. It is the first attempt to standardise the training and teaching knowledge of our instructors in the last 20 years. Our new International Master Instructor and high performance coach from Korea, Kim Jin Beom will be conducting the four-day course and examinations on behalf of the World Taekwondo Headquarters, the Kukkiwon. My hope is that coaches and instructors from all the regions of Nigeria will update their standards instead of going abroad for similar training,” Ashiru said.

For the NTF helmsman, the exercise is part of the strategic initiative to uplift the game in the country. “The course is part of our strategic initiative for taekwondo, which is heavily dependent on having skilled coaches to produce the next generation of champions. The programme is open to all coaches, instructors and senior players of taekwondo,” he added.

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Insurgency: Archbishop urges Nigerians to seek God’s intervention http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/insurgency-archbishop-urges-nigerians-to-seek-gods-intervention/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/insurgency-archbishop-urges-nigerians-to-seek-gods-intervention/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:53:39 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204725 The Methodist Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Joseph Oche-Job, has urged Nigerians to continuously seek God’s intervention in their wish to see the end of prevailing insurgency in the country. Oche-Job made the appeal in an interview with newsmen on Sunday shortly after inducting Very Rev. Jacob Bamidele, as the Presbyter/Administrator of the Methodist Church […]]]>
A screengrab taken on July 13, 2014

A screengrab taken on July 13, 2014

The Methodist Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Joseph Oche-Job, has urged Nigerians to continuously seek God’s intervention in their wish to see the end of prevailing insurgency in the country.

Oche-Job made the appeal in an interview with newsmen on Sunday shortly after inducting Very Rev. Jacob Bamidele, as the Presbyter/Administrator of the Methodist Church of Abuja.

He expressed worry over the unabated acts of terrorism in the country, especially in the northern parts, but said that with “God’s intervention, the attacks will be brought to an end.”

“I am worried; I have always been worried that the nation should experience this kind of bomb attacks.

“But, I still believe that God, in his infinite mercy and for the sake of His people, will shorten the days of our troubles.

“God will bring remedy to the situation in a very short time,” he said.

“For now, Nigerians should bear, knowing that when a nation experiences terrorist phenomenon, it is not just something that you can stop in a twinkle of an eye,” he added.

Oche-Job advised the people to be patient while praying over the issue, saying that patience was necessary because the terrorists took time to plan the havoc they were currently unleashing on the nation.

“So, we cannot just expect it to end the way we think,” he said, adding that, it took the civilised and developed countries, which had experienced terrorism, time to overcome it.

“For example, it took Ireland, which experienced terrorism in the 1980s, a long time to overcome it.

“Today, there is peace in Ireland; so, we are praying that one day, we shall say that terrorism was in Nigeria.”

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Breaking news: Boko Haram bombs church in Kano, killing 5 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/breaking-news-boko-haram-bombs-church-in-kano-killing-5/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/breaking-news-boko-haram-bombs-church-in-kano-killing-5/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:32:20 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204741 A Catholic church in Kano, northern Nigeria has been hit by Boko Haram bomb, with reports that no fewer than five persons have been killed. The attack occurred today after mass. Police spokesman Frank Mba said that the bomb was “probably an IED (improvised explosive device) thrown from across the street” at the Saint Charles […]]]>

A Catholic church in Kano, northern Nigeria has been hit by Boko Haram bomb, with reports that no fewer than five persons have been killed.

The attack occurred today after mass.

Police spokesman Frank Mba said that the bomb was “probably an IED (improvised explosive device) thrown from across the street” at the Saint Charles Catholic church in Kano’s Sabon Gari district, which has suffered previous attacks by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

Idowu Kazim, a mechanic in the area, said: “We heard the explosion at around 2:15 pm (1315 GMT) and moments later a police anti-bomb truck sped past in the direction of the scene.”

Another resident who lives near the church told AFP on condition of anonymity the blast “made me dash out to my balcony”.

On June 23, a bomb blast at a public health college in the city killed at least eight, while on May 19, a suicide car bomb attack in Sabon Gari killed at least four people, including a young girl.

At least four strong explosions rocked the same area on July 29 last year, killing 12. Last Thursday, a Luxury Bus Park was also bombed by Boko Haram. Four persons were killed.

Blame has been attributed to the Islamist militants, who have been waging a violent insurgency in the country’s north since 2009

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Boko Haram kidnap wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/boko-haram-kidnap-wife-of-cameroons-vice-prime-minister/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/boko-haram-kidnap-wife-of-cameroons-vice-prime-minister/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:30:12 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204737 Boko Haram militants have attacked Kolofata, a town in Cameroon’s Far North Region near Nigeria and seized several people including the wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, a military commander in the region said. According to Reuters, the attack took place today, the celebration of the end of Ramadan. “The situation is very […]]]>

Boko Haram militants have attacked Kolofata, a town in Cameroon’s Far North Region near Nigeria and seized several people including the wife of Cameroon’s Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, a military commander in the region said.

According to Reuters, the attack took place today, the celebration of the end of Ramadan.

amadou Ali- wife captured

amadou Ali- wife captured

“The situation is very critical here now, and as I am talking to you the Boko Haram elements are still in Kolofata town in a clash with our soldiers,” said Colonel Felix Nji Formekong, the second commander of Cameroon’s third inter-army military region (RMIA3) based in the regional headquarters Maroua.

“Some of them have already taken away the wife of Vice Prime Minister Ahmadou Ali and her house help while the bodyguards of the Vice Prime Minister have succeeded in taking him out of the town to Mora,” Formekong said, adding that there could be more casualties.

Cameroon since it began crackdown on the insurgents in recent weeks has faced a series of  counter attacks by the militants. On Friday, a military court in the country jailed about 20 members of the sect arrested in March for arms trafficking.

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Civil Defence officer arrested for gun running http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/civil-defence-officer-arrested-for-gun-running/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/civil-defence-officer-arrested-for-gun-running/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:15:51 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204733 Nigeria Police detectives attached to Niger State Police Command have arrested an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), ASC Idris Saidu over his involvement in gun running. Following the arrest, the detectives also have recovered from the suspect two AK-47 rifles and a chunk of ammunition, the Police Headquarters said in […]]]>
Suspect with AK-47 Rifles Recovered from him

Suspect with AK-47 Rifles Recovered from him

Nigeria Police detectives attached to Niger State Police Command have arrested an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), ASC Idris Saidu over his involvement in gun running.

Following the arrest, the detectives also have recovered from the suspect two AK-47 rifles and a chunk of ammunition, the Police Headquarters said in a statement issued by ACP Frank Mba.

The suspect,a thirty three year old, hails from Maje Village, Lapai Local Government Area of Niger State and currently serving at NSCDC Headquarters, Minna, was arrested at Fadikpe Area of Chachanga Local Government of Niger State following a tip-off from a patriotic Nigerian.

In his statement to the Police, ASC Idris Saidu stated that he bought the arms and ammunition as part of his personal contribution to his maternal community who are presently engaged in communal crisis with the Fulanis in Taraba State – an action clearly intended to fuel communal tension and strife within the state.

The suspect, who has given useful information to the Police that will lead to the arrest of his accomplices, will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation into the case is completed.

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American doctor catches Ebola virus in Liberia http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/american-doctor-catches-ebola-virus-in-liberia/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/american-doctor-catches-ebola-virus-in-liberia/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:57:10 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204727 An American doctor battling West Africa’s Ebola epidemic has himself fallen sick with the disease in Liberia, his aid agency said. Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian charity, said Dr Kent Brantly had been isolated at the group’s Ebola treatment center at the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia. “Dr. Brantly is married with two children,” […]]]>

An American doctor battling West Africa’s Ebola epidemic has himself fallen sick with the disease in Liberia, his aid agency said.

Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian charity, said Dr Kent Brantly had been isolated at the group’s Ebola treatment center at the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia.

“Dr. Brantly is married with two children,” the group said, in a statement posted to its website on Saturday.

“Samaritan’s Purse is committed to doing everything possible to help Dr. Brantly during this time of crisis. We ask everyone to please pray for him and his family.”

Dr. Brantly, right, collects blood sample

Dr. Brantly, right, collects blood sample

Brantly is the medical director of the Samaritan’s Purse Ebola case management center in Liberia, where the agency continues to work with Liberian and international health officials to contain the outbreak.

He is the second high profile doctor, battling the disease to be infected in recent days in West Africa. In Sierra Leone, the head doctor, Sheik Umar Khan,  fighting the deadly tropical virus caught the disease, the government said.

Ebola is an haemorrhagic fever with a very high fatality rate. Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea have borne the brunt of the recent epidemic, and last week Nigeria recorded its first death.

As of July 20, the number of Ebola cases recorded in the months-long epidemic stood at 1,093, including more than 660 deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

The virus can fell victims within days, causing severe fever and muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and, in some cases, organ failure and unstoppable bleeding.

Ebola is believed to be carried by animals hunted for meat, notably bats.

It spreads among humans via bodily fluids including sweat, meaning you can get sick from touching an infected person.

With no vaccine, patients believed to have caught the virus must be isolated to prevent further contagion.

Ebola first emerged in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo, and is named after a river there.

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Nigeria’s Ambassador fetes Golden Eaglets in Kinshasa http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/nigerias-ambassador-fetes-golden-eaglets-in-kinshasa/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/nigerias-ambassador-fetes-golden-eaglets-in-kinshasa/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:48:14 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204719 Dr. Grant Ehiobuche, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Congo Democratic Republic, hosted the Golden Eaglets to a dinner reception on Saturday after the national Under-17 team beat Les Leopards 1-0 in Kinshasa. The dinner had in attendance Association of Nigerians in Diaspora in Congo DR as well as officials of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) including leader of […]]]>
Golden Eaglets  at the dinner

Golden Eaglets at the dinner

Dr. Grant Ehiobuche, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Congo Democratic Republic, hosted the Golden Eaglets to a dinner reception on Saturday after the national Under-17 team beat Les Leopards 1-0 in Kinshasa.

The dinner had in attendance Association of Nigerians in Diaspora in Congo DR as well as officials of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) including leader of delegation, Rafiu Yusuf, Emmanuel Adesanya and Kut Kut Fon.

Ehiobuche, a career diplomat spanning over two decades, said he was happy that the coach Emmanuel Amuneke-led side was able to wipe away the shame of Nigerians leaving in the central African country following the 3-1 thrashing of Kano Pillars and subsequent elimination from the CAF Champions League in February.

He praised the resilience of the team, adding that, the players should be prayerful in order to become the next generation of African superstars.

Coach Emmanuel Amuneke signs the guest register

Coach Emmanuel Amuneke signs the guest register

“Personally, I’m happy for so many reasons apart from the fact that you beat Congo DR,” stated the debonair diplomat who had previously served in Mexico, Japan, Sierra Leone amongst others.

“I actually prayed and fasted that this match should not be played in Lubumbashi because it is a more difficult terrain and I wouldn’t be able to host you well. My other prayer point was for you to come and beat Congo DR and God answered all my prayers regarding this match; and I’m so happy for the team and Nigerians as a whole.”

He warned the players to refrain from anything that could impede them in order to become a great player, noting that, it is about time that a Nigerian is crowned the African Footballer of the Year, following in the footsteps of the late Rashid Yekini (1993); Amuneke (1994); Nwankwo Kanu (1996 & 1999) and Victor Ikpeba (1997).

Meanwhile, the victorious Golden Eaglets are due back in Nigeria on Monday aboard Kenya Airways to continue their preparation for the second leg match against Congo Democratic Republic at most in a forth
night.

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How Kano Bus Park was bombed http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/how-kano-bus-park-was-bombed/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/how-kano-bus-park-was-bombed/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:38:20 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204723 MADUABUCHI NMERIBEH/Kano Fresh facts have emerged how an unknown terrorist masterminded the bomb-blast at New Road Luxury Park, Sabon Gari, Kano northwest Nigeria. Sources at the Park told P.M. NEWS on Saturday that Rasta (18) who brought in the bomb-infested goods into the Park did not know what he was carrying. This is just as […]]]>

MADUABUCHI NMERIBEH/Kano

Fresh facts have emerged how an unknown terrorist masterminded the bomb-blast at New Road Luxury Park, Sabon Gari, Kano northwest Nigeria.

Sources at the Park told P.M. NEWS on Saturday that Rasta (18) who brought in the bomb-infested goods into the Park did not know what he was carrying.

This is just as the Park authorities have appealed to security agencies to provide 24-hours anti-bomb squad response to frisk vehicles and human beings gaining entrance inside the Park.

Scene of the recent  Kano bomb blast

Scene of the recent Kano bomb blast

According to Sources at the Park who spoke to our Correspondent Saturday afternoon, Rasta was the one who carried the bomb-infested fridge and water dispenser, property of an unknown person who posed as a passenger billed to be travelling to Port Harcourt through Onitsha route.
Impeccable sources at the Park described Rasta as an innocent and hardworking boy who never engaged in any criminal activities within the Park.

A ticket attendant with Ifeanyichukwu Motors who also survived the attack told our Correspondent that the attack was a surprise to many.

The young man who simply identified himself as Aguleri while giving account of the ugly experience said: “Any way, we were sitting in front of our motor, Ifeanyichukwu, so one Hausa boy came with a truck; and there was fridge inside the truck; and we asked him who is the owner of the load and he said the owner was coming; that the owner said he should wait for him while he looked out for a change to pay him for carrying the load. We were there writing ticket for people, and what we heard the next minute was a big bang; and that is how I see myself in this situation.”

Rasta died while carrying the bomb-infested goods on his hands, and eyewitness account quoted him as saying: “Don Naira hamsin wanda za’a bani, woni ya bani kaya day a Kashe ni. Kumi, a cikin azumi shine wannan mutumia ya bani kaya da wa sanadiyan mutuwa na, In Allah ya yarda, Allah zai yi mun sakayya. (I am in search of my daily bread just because of N50, a heartless someone gave me some goods that killed me. We are in the Holy month of Ramadan. This man made me to carry the load that led to my death. By the will of Allah, He will vindicate me.)”

P.M.NEWS further gathered that the unknown man who hired the services of Rasta alighted from a Taxi and stopped by the gate of the Park, “he urged Rasta to take the load to Port Harcourt line, and wait for him to get a change to pay him inside the Park. But in the process of waiting for the owner of the load, the bomb exploded and wreaked havoc,” said another eyewitness.

The Unity Progressive Union, UPU, an interest group within the Luxury Park called on Kano state police Command to position a 24-hour anti-bomb squad at the entrance of the Luxury Park to frisk all vehicles, luggage and human beings gaining entrance into the Park.

UPU chairperson, Mrs. Regina Emmanuel, owner of Destiny Restaurant, insisted that the only way to solve terror-attack in the Park is to create an Anti-bomb Squad unit.

Giving account of the incident, she narrated: “On Thursday, 24 July, I was serving customers food. Everybody was selling and business activities were booming. On that fateful day, buses coming from the South arrived late largely because of the curfew imposed on Kaduna. At about 1:30 P.M. the first bus arrived and everybody in the Park jubilated; 30 minutes later, the second bus arrived and the jubilation was high; then at about 2:30 P.M. the third bus arrived and everybody was in happy mood—all these three buses were in Port Harcourt line.

“The third bus that arrived at that time was Ifeanyichukwu Motors. As God could have it, the driver put off the engine; if not, the havoc would have been more devastating. So, as I was telling you, all of a sudden, with a plate of fufu on my hand for a customer, I heard a bang…and as I ran for dear life, I saw people lying on the ground with the pull of their own blood. I counted about three dead bodies, with a woman’s head severed.”
The General-Secretary of Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria, Kano branch, Mr. Godson Nwokoma, appealed to the insurgents and Federal Government to elect dialogue so as to put to an end this carnage of wasting human lives.

In his own account, he said: “On Thursday, 24 July, a tragic event happened here in the Park; and we are trying our best being a peace-loving group to be pursuing the cause of peace. We still do not want a situation whereby people will be having fears and we will want to believe in the words of the state Governor, Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso who is has promised that he is going to do everything within his reach to restore peace—and we are also toeing in that same line to see that normalcy returns here. As you can see, activities in the Park has picked up.

“We have started our normal business and also passengers have started coming and the normal activities are already in booming. We still believe that our brothers who are performing this evil act will have a rethink in their minds and consider that what is being wasted are human lives and human blood which cannot be purchased in the market. Whatever their problems are, we under this umbrella of the Association of Luxury Bus Owners of Nigeria, Kano branch, are still making appeal that their grievances can be handled in a round-table discussion with the appropriate quarters.

“So, we are still making appeal to them that whatever their problems are, let them channel it through the proper authorities concerned than wasting innocent lives and properties, which in the long-run will affect hapless Nigerians, affect the unity of the nation, affect the brotherhood of the nation; and so, we use this medium to call on our customers to bear with us. This is not our doing; but as you can see, from the entrance of the gate, we do everything within our reach to see that security is being maintained, but you also bear in mind that we are only human beings. We can only do things that are within our reach.”

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Tu Face Idibia: My name is now Tu Baba http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/tu-face-idibia-my-name-is-now-tu-baba/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/tu-face-idibia-my-name-is-now-tu-baba/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:23:06 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204717 Nigerian pop singer Innocent Idibia has changed his stage name. He is now to be called Tu Baba, jettisoning his 17 year old stage name of 2Face. According to Vanguard online, the Nigerian singer made this change of identity known while performing songs from his new album,The Ascension at ‘The industry Nite’,on Thursday, at Spice […]]]>
Tuface, now Tu Baba and his wife, Annie

Tuface, now Tu Baba and his wife, Annie

Nigerian pop singer Innocent Idibia has changed his stage name.
He is now to be called Tu Baba, jettisoning his 17 year old stage name of 2Face.

According to Vanguard online, the Nigerian singer made this change of identity known while performing songs from his new album,The Ascension at ‘The industry Nite’,on Thursday, at Spice Route Club, Victoria Island, Lagos.

”2face has been in the industry for 17 years, and still is growing stronger. I am holding a send forth party for 2face, and after tonight’s event, I will now be known as Tubaba, he said

The industry Nite, sponsored by MTV had a lot of celebrities who thronged the event venue to support one of their own. Among them were, Olisa Adibua, Dr Sid, Timaya, Dammy Krane, Ill Bliss, Chidinma, Bizzle, Mode Nine, Bassey, Orezi, Oriste Femi, Solid Star and others.

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Bomb attack on Buhari: Oyegun calls for international probe http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/bomb-attack-on-buhari-oyegun-calls-for-international-probe/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/bomb-attack-on-buhari-oyegun-calls-for-international-probe/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:41 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204715 The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for an international inquiry into Wednesday’s assassination attempt on its leader, Gen.Muhammadu Buhari, to unravel the motive and the perpetrators of the dastardly act that could have plunged the country into a deep turmoil, had it succeeded. In a statement issued in Benin on Sunday by its National […]]]>

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called for an international inquiry into Wednesday’s assassination attempt on its leader, Gen.Muhammadu Buhari, to unravel the motive and the perpetrators of the dastardly act that could have plunged the country into a deep turmoil, had it succeeded.

In a statement issued in Benin on Sunday by its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, the party said it does not have the confidence that the Nigerian security agencies can carry out an impartial investigation, because they work for the government instead of the nation.

It said the call has become more urgent because the agents of the Federal Government have started muddling the waters with their sickening statements and actions on the attack.

Chief John Oyegun: sickened by muddling attempts by government agents

Chief John Oyegun: sickened by muddling attempts by government agents

”How does one explain a situation in which a man who is nothing but a pervert is now being paraded as the suspected ‘mastermind’ of the attack on Gen. Buhari? At what point was this man, who perhaps is nothing but a transvestite plying his trade, arrested? Is it not clear, from the statement released by Gen. Buhari himself after the attack, that it was clearly the handiwork of a suicide bomber?

”Could the person who drove the vehicle that was rammed into the General’s convoy have survived the explosion that was triggered by that action? Could the innocent passers-by who died in the blast not have been arrested and paraded as the ‘suspected masterminds’ if they had survived the blast? Clearly, the arrest of the pervert and his sickening description as a ‘suspected mastermind’ have kick-started the process of muddling the waters, as is usually the case with such
high-profile cases.

”This is why an urgent international inquiry into the attack is desirable and imperative, and anyone who is committed to an impartial probe of the attack on the opposition leader should embrace our call,” APC said, adding that the insurgency and its spin-offs are now clearly beyond the capability of this Federal Government.

”How does one explain a situation in which a man who is nothing but a pervert is now being paraded as the suspected ‘mastermind’ of the attack on Gen. Buhari? At what point was this man, who perhaps is nothing but a transvestite plying his trade, arrested? Is it not clear, from the statement released by Gen. Buhari himself after the attack, that it was clearly the handiwork of a suicide bomber?”—Oyegun

 

The party also said the call has been further justified by the statements and insinuations emanating from the ruling PDP and the presidency, both of which now seem to be pointing accusing fingers at the same party (APC) that is clearly the target of the failed assassination attempt on one of its top leaders.

”The questions to ask the purveyors of such repugnant theories are: Did the late Emir of Kano also stage the attack on his convoy? Did the other Emirs who were attacked, with at least one of them killed recently, also stage the attack against themselves? Did Gen. Muhammed Shuwa, who was killed by gunmen in Maiduguri in 2012, also stage the
attack on himself?

”We are indeed in very interesting times, times that remind one of the failed attempt by the Administration of the late military dictator, Gen. Abacha, to blame pro-democracy group NADECO for the series of deadly attacks on pro-democracy activists during the tenure of the Administration.

”But we are confident that just as the truth about those who perpetrated those attacks was eventually revealed, the masterminds of the failed assassination attempt on our leader will definitely be exposed sooner than later, whether or not the government agrees to our call for an international inquiry,” it said.

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Anambra guber poll: Appeal Court rules against APC, PDP http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/anambra-guber-poll-appeal-court-rules-against-apc-pdp/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/anambra-guber-poll-appeal-court-rules-against-apc-pdp/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:51:33 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204713 The Appeal Court sitting in Enugu on Saturday struck out four suits filed against the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) challenging the candidature of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra at the November 2013 gubernatorial election. The suits were filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The petitioners are Tony […]]]>
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State

The Appeal Court sitting in Enugu on Saturday struck out four suits filed against the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) challenging the candidature of Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra at the November 2013 gubernatorial election.

The suits were filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The petitioners are Tony Nwonye, an aspirant of the PDP at the election and an APGA governorship aspirant, Chike Obidigbo.

Delivering the four separate judgments on the appeals, the five-man panel led by Justice Mohammed Garba, said the appeal was struck out for incompetence and lack of merit.

The court, however, affirmed the judgment delivered on June 4 by the Anambra Election Petition Tribunal in Awka, and awarded the sum of N50,000 each to the respondent in the four suits.

“Having considered the preliminary objections by the respondents and the motions filed by the appellant, I will not read the judgment word to word but will deliver it as provided by the court.

“I have considered the objections raised by the counsels with regards to the first and fourth respondent, and I hereby uphold the decision made by the tribunal in Awka,” Garba said.

Reacting to the judgment, the Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, commended the judiciary for upholding the rule of law. “I am grateful to God Almighty.

“The Court of Appeal in a unanimous decision dismissed all the appeals standing against our victory at the lower tribunal in Awka following our victory at the governorship election in 2013.

“We were not in doubt that all these appeals will be dismissed because APGA and its candidate won the election with landslide margin with the vote of the people.

“I have always known that the election tribunal is not a Mongo Park story. You must approach the court with facts.

“We are encouraged by these judgments that have affirmed the decision at Awka,” Umeh said.

The Anambra Chairman of the APC, Mr Emeka Ibe, said the party would appeal the judgment of the court in a higher court.

“We are happy with what they did with regards to giving the judgment within the time frame. With this, we now have basis to appeal. This court is not the final court.

“The final court with respect to election petitions is the Supreme Court. I want to say that we are going to appeal against the judgment.

“We are not going to rest until the Supreme Court gives the final judgment and we will be bound by it,” Ibe said.

On his part, the counsel to APC and Sen. Chris Ngige, Mr Bona Orakwe, said the party would analyse the judgment before knowing the next line of action to take.

“It is most likely that we will go to the Supreme Court,” he said.

The APC had filed an appeal alleging disenfranchisement of voters, invalid voters register and multiple registrations, among others, that affected the poll.

Nwonye of the PDP also filed an appeal seeking the nullification of the election for alleged irregularities and disenfranchisement.

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South-East women seek to stamp out baby factories http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/south-east-women-seek-to-stamp-out-baby-factories/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/south-east-women-seek-to-stamp-out-baby-factories/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:41:58 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204708 Women from all the Igbo-speaking states converged on Enugu on Saturday to brainstorm on the way to stop baby factories from operating in the region. The meeting themed “The Baby Factory Conundrum” was organised by two non-governmental organisations, Africa and Media, and drew the cream of women from the zone. In a presentation, UN Special […]]]>
Dr Joy Ezeilo

Dr Joy Ezeilo

Women from all the Igbo-speaking states converged on Enugu on Saturday to brainstorm on the way to stop baby factories from operating in the region.

The meeting themed “The Baby Factory Conundrum” was organised by two non-governmental organisations, Africa and Media, and drew the cream of women from the zone.

In a presentation, UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking, Dr Joy Ezeilo, regretted that the laws in the concerned states were obsolete and needed reforms.

She said that most people arrested in the course of the campaign to stop baby factories often found loopholes in the obsolete laws to escape punishment.

She advised the Igbo to stop discriminating against the girl-child in terms of inheritance, saying it gave rise to rampant cases of illegal adoption.

In her contribution, a former Minister of Education, Prof. Chinwe Obaji, said the issue of baby factories debased womanhood and was evil.

Obaji said it also showed that women had lost their duties as parents, saying that any woman who closely monitored her children would not allow them to reside in a baby factory.

Also speaking, Prof. Theresa Kanno of the Abia State University said there was a need to educate parents on the evils of baby factories.

The Commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social Development in Enugu State, Mrs Ndidi Chukwu, said there was a need for the government to sponsor the girl-child to skills acquisition programmes for self-sustenance.

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Judge overturns Washington DC ban on guns in public http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/judge-overturns-washington-dc-ban-on-guns-in-public/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/judge-overturns-washington-dc-ban-on-guns-in-public/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:34:16 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204707 A federal judge on Saturday ruled that the ban on citizens carrying handguns in public in the US capital is unconstitutional. In a 19-page opinion, Judge Frederick Scullin ruled that “there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use […]]]>
US President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama

A federal judge on Saturday ruled that the ban on citizens carrying handguns in public in the US capital is unconstitutional.

In a 19-page opinion, Judge Frederick Scullin ruled that “there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny.

“Therefore, the Court finds that the District of Columbia’s complete ban on the carrying of handguns in public is unconstitutional.”

It is unclear if the defendants – the District of Columbia as represented by Police Chief Cathy Lanier – will appeal the ruling.

The lawsuit plaintiffs included two Washington residents who were denied permits to openly carry handguns for self-defense.

Washington DC, the District of Columbia, is wedged between the states of Virginia — which allows people to openly carry a gun — and Maryland, which has stricter rules on gun ownership.

Currently 44 of the 50 US states allow people to openly carry handguns.

In his ruling Scullin made reference to the 2008 US Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller, in which the plaintiff argued that the city’s ban on firearm ownership — one of the strictest in the nation — was unconstitutional.

In a 5-4 decision the court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Dick Anthony Heller, a local police officer who wanted to have a private weapon at home.

Americans for years have been attempting to balance the rights in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution with the authority of local officials to limit gun use and ownership.

The Second Amendment, approved in 1791, reads: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

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Israel resumes Gaza attacks after rocket fire http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/israel-resumes-gaza-attacks-after-rocket-fire/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/israel-resumes-gaza-attacks-after-rocket-fire/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:30:03 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204706 The Israeli army said Sunday it is resuming its raids on Gaza by land, sea and air after Hamas continued firing rockets, ending a unilateral 12-hour humanitarian truce. “Following Hamas’ incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window, which was agreed upon for the welfare of the civilian population in Gaza, the IDF will now resume […]]]>
File Photo: Smoke billows from buildings following an Israeli air strike in Gaza

File Photo:
Smoke billows from buildings following an Israeli air strike in Gaza

The Israeli army said Sunday it is resuming its raids on Gaza by land, sea and air after Hamas continued firing rockets, ending a unilateral 12-hour humanitarian truce.

“Following Hamas’ incessant rocket fire throughout the humanitarian window, which was agreed upon for the welfare of the civilian population in Gaza, the IDF will now resume its aerial, naval and ground activity in the Gaza Strip,” an army statement said.

“Due to flagrant violations of humanitarian remission by Hamas, the IDF is now resuming offensive activities,” army spokesman Peter Lerner wrote on Twitter.

Following the announcement, explosions could be heard in Gaza City and there were reports of renewed shelling in eastern Gaza, an AFP correspondent said.

The announcement came 10 hours after the Israeli security cabinet had voted to extend a unilateral humanitarian lull for another 24 hours, in a move rejected by Hamas which continued to fire over the border.

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Golovkin crushes Geale to retain WBA title http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/golovkin-crushes-geale-to-retain-wba-title/ http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2014/07/27/golovkin-crushes-geale-to-retain-wba-title/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:25:31 +0000 http://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/?p=204700 Unbeaten Kazakh star Gennady Golovkin stopped Australian Daniel Geale in three brutal rounds on Saturday to retain his World Boxing Association middleweight world title. Golovkin sent Geale to the canvas in the second round with a barrage of blows. In round three he responded to a hard right to the head from the Aussie challenger […]]]>
Golovkin punches Geale during the WBA/IBO middleweight championship bout

Golovkin punches Geale during the WBA/IBO middleweight championship bout

Unbeaten Kazakh star Gennady Golovkin stopped Australian Daniel Geale in three brutal rounds on Saturday to retain his World Boxing Association middleweight world title.

Golovkin sent Geale to the canvas in the second round with a barrage of blows.

In round three he responded to a hard right to the head from the Aussie challenger with his own punishing right to the nose, followed by a quick left that sent Geale down.

Geale, a former International Boxing Federation middleweight champion who fell to 30-3 with 16 knockouts, had no complaint when referee Michael Ortega called a halt at 2:47 of the round.

Golovkin, whose amateur resume included a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, improved to 30-0 with 27 knockouts.

Golovkin hasn’t gone the distance since winning an eight-round decision in 2008 and said keeping his knockout streak alive was important.

“Yes, absolutely the knockout is very important, not just for me, not just for my team, but for everybody,” he said. “This is big drama show.”

Golovkin had fought twice before in Madison Square Garden’s smaller Theater, but he had never before fought in the fabled Manhattan venue’s main arena.

After the bout, Golovkin said he wanted a unification bout with World Boxing Council champion Miguel Cotto — the Puerto Rican who is a longtime favorite of Garden fans.

Cotto became Puerto Rico’s first four-division champion last month when he stopped Argentina’s Sergio Martinez in nine rounds for the WBC middleweight belt in New York.

“I want a unification fight. I want who is the best in the middleweight division,” Golovkin said, adding, when pressed: “Miguel Cotto — I respect him 100 percent.”

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