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Wrestling: Olympic Qualifier Postponed Over Coronavirus Fears

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The Africa/Oceania Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Qualifier earlier slated for March 13 – 15 in El Jadida, Morocco, has been postponed indefinitely by organisers over fears of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 has claimed over 3,000 lives globally, with more than 95,000 people affected in around 80 countries.

A statement from the sport’s governing body, the United World Wrestling said: “The Moroccan authorities have decided to take measures against the spread of COVID-19 and not authorize the holding of international sport events until end of March.

“The African & Oceania OG Qualifier is therefore postponed until a new date that will be communicated on a later stage.”

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The statement added that the tournament “may now take place in the course of April or May”.

The postponement of the event comes as a disappointment for Team Nigeria wrestlers, who have been camping in Yenagoa in preparation for the qualifier.

Reacting to the development, president of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF) Hon. Daniel Igali said: “The postponement of the tournament is only delaying the qualification of our athletes for the Olympics. And I am sure that very soon, the situation will be resolved. However, the organisers are taking precaution to ensure the safety of the participants.

“I also thank the Sports Minister Mr. Sunday Dare and the sports ministry for their immense support since we opened camp about two weeks ago.”

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With only Odunayo Adekuoroye (57kg) securing qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Games at the moment, the NWF is hopeful that, at least, seven more athletes will join her in Japan.

The athletes and their coaches, who were initially expected to travel out of Nigeria on Wednesday, 11th March, have been decamped for now pending the announcement of a new date for the tournament.

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It Has Been “No Sex No Role” All The Way In Nollywood – Charity Nnaji

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Actress, Charity Nnaji, attracted some flak when she took to social media during the week to state that “being a female celebrity is more like advanced prostitution”. Many felt her comment was uncharitable to hardworking women in the entertainment industry.

However, in an interview with Saturday Beats, Nnaji stood by her words, stating, “It is the order of the day in Nollywood and they (filmmakers) have even upgraded. Sometimes, they would promise one a role, have s£x with one, collect one’s money, then give one the script of a movie that has already been shot. It is that bad in Nollywood. Young girls who are desperate to be famous are usually taken advantage of.”

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The actress also stated that her controversial Instagram post was triggered by her findings on the scandal between another actress, Tonto Dikeh, and her ex-lover, Prince Kpokpogiri.

She said, “What actually triggered the post was the voice note I listened to on my colleague, Tonto Dike’s Instagram page. The person she was having the conversation with, Merit, is a close friend and I called the person to find out what led to the voice note. I found out that almost all the girls mentioned in the voice note had slept with Prince Kpokpogri. Yet, those are the same people that pretend a lot. They claim to be building careers but are actually into ‘runs’ (prostitution) behind closed doors. After listening to that voice note and getting more information from Merit, it dawned on me that this (being an actress) is more like advanced prostitution.”

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It Has Been “No Sex No Role” All The Way In Nollywood – Charity Nnaji

Though many have dismissed her comments, saying she only made such statements to gain online popularity, Nnaji made it clear that was not the first time she would make such a controversial statement, and that it sometimes affected her getting roles in movies.

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She said, “When people say I’m chasing clout by making statements like these, does that mean because I am an actress I can’t have my own opinions or air my views? Things don’t work that way. That is why many people die in silence.

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“They (people in the movie industry) have never liked me because I say it the way it is. I am not a clout chaser and I did not make that statement because I want to gain popularity. I only commented on a trending issue. I don’t talk just because I want to open my mouth. I try to find out about issues before summarising them on my page.”

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BBNaija Shine Ya Eye: Nine housemates win N2.25million

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The nine remaining BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemates recently won a cumulative sum of N2.25 million.

The Housemates, who were grouped into Team Papaya, Team Carrot and Team Gold, won the sum during the Hawaii task on Thursday.

After the different stages of the task, Team Papaya, which had Emmanuel, Queen and Saga, won N1million, Team Carrot, which had Liquorose, Whitemoney, and Nini won N750,000 and Team Gold, which had Angel, Cross, and Pere won N500,000.

The winnings join the multiple winnings of the housemates during their 61 days in the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye House.

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Fani-Kayode’s estranged wife ‘Snow White’ sues ex-husband, IGP for N800m

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Precious Chikwendu, a.k.a Snow White, estranged wife of ex-minister Femi Fani-Kayode, has filed a suit at a Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking the enforcement of her fundamental human rights.

The plaintiff in the suit filed against Fani-Kayode, Inspector-General of Police, his officers and men (joined as defendants), is claiming the sum of N800m as damages.

Other respondents were the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force CID, Commissioner of Police, FCT, CSP James Idachaba (OC Legal CID), FCT Command.

The plaintiff said she was demanding the said amount because of the roles of the respondents in intimidating and harassing her during the pendency of her custody suit.

Specifically, Chikwendu, in the suit filed by her lawyer, Abdul-Aziz Jimoh, asked the court to restrain the IGP, his officers and men from intimidating and harassing her in any form, pending the hearing and determination of her suit seeking the custody of the four children she had with Fani-Kayode.

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The applicant is also asking an order enforcing her fundamental human rights as she was apprehensive of an imminent violation of such rights in actualisation of alleged threats to her life by Fani-Kayode and in the face of the nonchalant and refusal of the first, second and third respondents (IGP, DIG Force CID and CP FCT) to investigate her genuine petitions of threat to life against the fifth respondent (Fani-Kayode).

Chikwendu sought for a declaration that she was not bound to honor the invitation of the first to fourth respondents in relation to a purported conspiracy and forgery of court records during the pendency of suit no CV/372/2021 between her and the fifth respondent.

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In an affidavit in support of the application deposed to by Chikwendu, she averred that, “I was in a most tempestuous and violent relationship with the fifth respondent (Fani-Kayode), a qualified legal practitioner, a politician and a former minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Fani-Kayode’s estranged wife ‘Snow White’ sues ex-husband, IGP for N800m

“The fifth respondent and I have four children together and I am forcefully separated from our children, who are all minors.

“Consequent upon the unbridled violence perpetrated against me by the fifth respondent and the forceful separation from our children, I filed a suit in the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with Suit No CV/372/2021.

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“Rather than allow the contending matters placed before the FCT High Court to be determined by the honorable court, the fifth respondent has persisted in using the Police officers under the control of the first respondent (IGP) and supervised by the second respondent (Commissioner of Police FCT) incessantly to intimidate and harass me with a view to interfering in the adjudicatory powers of a competent court of justice.”

Chikwendu said she had also petitioned the Commissioner of Police, FCT, the third respondent, alleging threats to her life by the fifth respondent and that the Police Commissioner had refused to act on her petition, thus prompting her to go to court to enforce her fundamental human rights.

No date has been fixed for mentioning of the matter.

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