The senior menâ€™s national 3×3 basketball team left Nigeria yesterday for the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup holding in Philippines between June 8 and 12.The four-man team departed from the Murtala Mohammed International Airport aboard a Qatar Airways flight. It was led by the Director of 3×3 Nigeria, Frank Jituboh.The players for the competition include; Azuoma Dike, David Godwin and Lucky Subel all from Kano Pillars Basketball Club and captain, Yahaya Abdul. The captain expressed optimism that Nigeria, the current African champions can make an impression despite making their world cup debut.“We have been in camp in Abuja for the last 3 weeks and we are prepared for the task ahead. We are in high spirit and ready to bring more honor to Nigeria.â€Yahaya said the experience they garnered in Togo during the FIBA Africa 3 Championship where they defeated Congo in the finals to win the title has prepared them for the challenges ahead in Manila, Philippines.Jituboh thanked the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) under the leadership of Ahmadu Musa Kida for total support given to the team.“Kida was the first person who saw the 3×3 vision and decided to invest in it through his AMK foundation when he was not even the President. I am not surprised that as the president of NBBF, he has continued to support the latest basketball format which has continued to grow.”The team is in Group D alongside Ukraine, Croatia, Jordan and Latvia.They are expected to play two matches against Ukraine and Croatia while on Sunday, it will be an encounter against Jordan and Latvia to determine their quarter final fate.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Tina Ro, who owns Puppy Love with her husband, Paul, said Steward was at the store days before the first burglary. He had a girl with him who she thinks was his daughter. Ro said remembered him because he was at the store for 30 to 40 minutes and kept asking questions about the dogs. “Asking all these questions. `What kind of dog? How much is it?’ When I see a buyer, I know. This guy wasn’t interested in buying,” she said. A security video and a partial license plate led to the suspect, according to Maxwell. A man was caught on tape in the Nov. 7 break-in putting 2- to 3-month-old teacup Yorkshire terries, shih tzus and Maltese into a trash bag. A white sport-utility vehicle was seen in the video. The thief’s haul was 16 dogs. On Nov. 23, the canine thief struck again, once more breaking the front plate glass door. The burglar took 10 dogs this time, but several hours of the security video had been erased. Detective Marc Sierra got information on a partial license plate from the security guard during the second burglary. That led them to a residence in La Mirada that was a less than a half mile from the pet store. A security guard was able to give information on a vehicle he saw earlier in the evening of the first burglary, Maxwell said. On Tuesday afternoon, a search warrant was served at Steward’s house and the two dogs were found inside. Sierra said the dogs were cared for. As he carried the two recovered puppies, Paul Ro said he wanted to give “a million thanks” to the sheriff’s deputies of the Norwalk Station. “I still don’t believe we got him. My second concern is to find the puppies,” Ro said. He said the Yorkshire terrier is a bit malnourished and noted how its fur had thinned. Tina Ro said the terrier goes for $1,200 while the Pekingese has a price tag of between $1,000 to $1,200. She doubts people who have the stolen pups will return them. She said these folks paid money for the dogs, which they probably didn’t know were stolen. “If they do have a dog, please take care of it. It’s like a little infant,” she said. Anyone who may have bought a puppy from Steward is asked to call the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at (562) 863-8711. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsSteward will be arraigned Thursday at Downey Superior Court. Detectives also released Steward’s photo and asked anyone who might have bought puppies from him to contact the station. “We want to return the dogs, as many as possible,” said Maxwell. He said the buyers are not subject to penalty. He said the dogs taken from Puppy Love at 14766 Beach Blvd. in La Mirada on Nov. 7 and 23 were valued at $32,000. Detectives believe Steward has been in the store previously. • Photo Gallery: Pet Shop Break In • Video: Pet Shop Break In LA MIRADA – Dogged detective work led to the arrest Tuesday of a man suspected of twice breaking into a pet store and stealing 26 pricey puppies. A search of the man’s La Mirada house yielded two of the missing puppies, a Yorkshire terrier and a Pekingese, plus some property taken during the burglaries, according to Capt. Pat Maxwell. Detectives declined to be specific about what the items were. Walter Franklin Steward, 45, was booked on suspicion of burglary. He was being held at the sheriff’s Norwalk Station Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.