Did The Nigerian Army Capture Ansaru’s Leader?

The terrorist leader of a Boko Haram splinter group, Khalid al-Barnawi, is probably still free despite reports from the Nigerian army.

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Boko Haram isn’t the only militant group wreaking havoc in Nigeria. Ansaru, a splinter group that specifically targets Westerners, reportedly lost their leader, Khalid al-Barnawi, to the hands of Nigeria’s army in Lokoja, the capital city of Kogi state.

“Security agents made a breakthrough on Friday in the fight against terrorism by arresting Khalid al-Barnawi, the leader of Ansaru terrorist group in Lokoja,” Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar told the AFP. “He is among those on the top of the list of our wanted terrorists.”

But as of this morning, security expert Fulan Nasrullah, who spoke to Reuters, speculates that al-Barnawi is still free.

“Khalid’s people and I have spoken and they have said that he is free and was not captured, whether in Lokoja or anywhere else,” Nasrullah said. “They have killed seven different people at seven different times thinking they were Khalid al-Barnawi. They have no photos of him, nor do they know any concrete information about him.”

As we wait for the arrest of al-Barnawi to be confirmed independently and for video or photo to be released, it’s important to point out that this signifies how weak these terrorist groups have become.

Reuters also notes how they’ve been pushed out of the areas they once controlled in Nigeria’s northeast region. In 2012, the United States listed al-Barnawi and two other Nigerian militants as “specially designated global terrorists” and Britain followed suit in the same year, after Ansaru claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of a French engineer.


9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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