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Amal Umar: Nigerian film star arrested on bribery charges

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One of Nigeria’s most popular actresses has been arrested for allegedly trying to bribe a police officer in Kano state.

Police say Amal Umar gave an officer 250,000 naira (£137; $175) to have her impounded car released.

Her lawyer Adama Usman says she denies the charges, saying it was a police officer who first asked for money.

She has appeared in hundreds of movies over the past decade and is also well known in neighbouring countries.

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Amal, as she is known by fans of Kano’s film industry, Kannywood, has millions of followers on social media.

According to the police, Amal’s car was seized over a year ago on suspicion it had been purchased using proceeds of fraud allegedly committed by her boyfriend.

“She gave our officer 250,000 [naira] with a promise to bring more money,” Kano police spokesman Bashir Muhammad told the BBC.

Amal’s lawyer Mrs Usman told the BBC they would continue to fight the case in court as she thinks the Fuska Biyu star was coerced.

“This is simply a case of abuse of her rights. We won the initial case in court where they were trying to link her with her boyfriend’s activities which she has no hands in,” the lawyer told the BBC.

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“But the police are yet to obey court orders four months in by still holding on to her car.

“On this case of attempted bribery they are claiming, we are going to pursue it to the end because she was called to come and collect her car only for things to change,” the lawyer said.

Amal, 24, has been freed on bail.

Police say Amal’s boyfriend Ramadan Inuwa is wanted on charges of obtaining money by false pretences and is still at large.

He has not commented on the accusations.

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Why I am still single – Says Khloe

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Former housemate of Big Brother Naija reality star, Oluwabusayo Victoria Abiri popularly known as Khloe has revealed she has never been in a relationship.

The fashion influencer also vowed that she will never have sex with any man for financial benefits.

In a candid interview with Chude Jideonwo, Khloe explained that she might have flirted with men in the past but still taking her time to find the right man for a relationship.

The reality star said, “I will never sleep with any man for money. When it comes to relationship, I think I am taking my time to find the right man. 100 can come, I can decide to flirt with 100 but I know what I am looking for; my kind of man.

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“And I have never been in a relationship before. If you are my ex, it never happened. I don’t know you.”

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BBNaija’s Mercy Eke hospitalised

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The winner of the Big Brother Naija ‘PepperDem’ season, Mercy Eke has been hospitalised barely hours after partying with her friends on a yacht.

The reality TV star made this known in a post on her Snapchat page.

She also shared a photo of herself on the hospital bed, urging her friends to avoid wasting their time in anger, regret, worries, and grudges, saying life is too short to be unhappy.

She wrote: “Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy. Who would have thought that I would end up in a hospital barely 24 hours after I was seen outside? I’m just having different thoughts of what could have been the worst case.

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“God, I thank you for your loving kindness. Life is so fickle. Good health is underrated,” she added.

Earlier this year, the first female winner of the show, took to social media to tell her fans and followers how she will prioritise herself over anything or anyone this year.

“I’ll be doing this year for me,” Mercy Eke wrote while sharing a picture of herself donning a striking outfit on her Instagram page.

Mercy Eke came to the limelight after participating in the Pepper Dem season of the Big Brother Naija show in 2019, where she equally emerged as the winner of the season.

Eke received the Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Award for Best Dressed Female on 14 March 2020.

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Eke is from Imo State, Nigeria. She attended Egbu Girls Secondary School in Owerri, and graduated from Imo State University in 2014. Eke appeared as a vixen in the music video for Davido and Ichaba’s single “Baby Mama”.

She also appeared in the music video for Airboy’s song “Nawo Nawo”. Eke auditioned for Big Brother Naija four times before becoming a contestant.

She is the founder of MNM Luxury.

Mercy had previously dated her BBNaija colleague, Ike. Their relationship, which began during the ‘Pepper Dem’ edition in 2019, ended shortly after the show.

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The Fear Of Being Mocked Kept Me Silent – Nollywood Actor, Jamiu Azeez, Opens Op On Battle With Depression

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Nollywood actor, Jamiu Azeez has revealed that he battled with depression for some time.

According to him, he was depressed for over two years due to the downturn of his career and finances.

In a post via his Instagram page, the actor revealed he had suicidal thoughts because he felt lost and didn’t know who to confide in.

Azeez said the past two years have been a whirlwind for him, but he was afraid to seek help due to his fear of mockery.

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He further expressed appreciation to his colleague, Toyin Abraham, who gave him relieved after a conversation with her.

He said, “Mummy Ire, @toyin_abraham, I know this might catch you off guard but I simply had to do this. You over looked the fact that we don’t really talk but you shown me so much love and gives me an assurance that everything is going to be fine.

“The past two years have been a whirlwind for me like I’ve been losing everything, even my Mind. Thoughts of suicide have been ringing in my head.

“The fear of being mocked kept me silent. Nothing seemed to work, and I felt lost, unsure of who to confide in.

“But the truth is, I grew tired of putting on a brave face and pretending to be okay.

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“So, yesterday, I mustered the courage to reach out to @toyin_abraham and her response left me speechless. I feel compelled to express my deepest gratitude openly.

“I’ve prayed for her countless times but now I ask for your prayers too, please help me pray for @toyin_abraham and her family.”

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