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A general view of the gate of the Greenfield University in Kaduna, Nigeria, on April 21, 2021. Gunmen have attacked a private university in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state, killing one staff member and kidnapping some students, police and officials said on April 21, 2021.

Students from Nigeria's Greenfield University Abducted

At least 20 students are missing and one staff member dead after gunmen recently attacked Nigeria's Greenfield University.

This past Tuesday night, gunmen stormed Greenfield University in the Kaduna State of Nigeria. One staff member at the private institution was gunned down with several students having been subsequently abducted. While it is not yet clear how many students were abducted by the gunmen, there are currently 20 students who have been identified as missing. The attack is the latest in a spate of for-ransom abductions of school children in Nigeria.

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Describing the events of Tuesday night, police spokesman, Mohammed Jalige, told AFP that, "There was an attack at about 20:15 (19:15 GMT) last night. The suspected bandits infiltrated the university in large numbers." Jalige went on to add that, "Some students are said to have been abducted but we are yet to ascertain how many. We have deployed our men to find the perpetrators and rescue the victims."

The attack on Greenfield University, which is the fifth incident since December of last year, is certainly not the last as Nigeria continues to experience a kidnap-for-ransom crisis. Since December, at least 600 students have been kidnapped from schools in the northern parts of the country which are often in remote areas and without adequate security infrastructure. Just last month, 300 students were abducted from the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Jangebe, Zamfara State, BBC reports. The students were released within 10 days of the abduction although government officials in Nigeria have since denied having paid a ransom for their release.

According to Al Jazeera, the perpetrators of these abductions are thought to be part of Fulani pastoralists and other tribes who, due to the adverse effect of climate change on their farming practices and livestock herding, have now turned to mass abductions as a lucrative enterprise.


Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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