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Nigeria kidnap kingpin killed in a clash with a rival gang

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A Nigerian bandit chief who led the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolchildren has been killed in armed clashes with a rival gang, days after reneging on an amnesty deal with authorities, sources said.

Awwalun Daudawa led the abduction of more than 500 students from Government Science Secondary School Kankara last December. 

It was one of a series of mass abductions by heavily armed criminal gangs who have become an increasing security challenge in the northwest and central Nigeria.

On Thursday a Zamfara state government official told AFP Daudawa had reneged on a peace pact he made in February and returned to lead his men in the forest.

“Daudawa was killed along with four of his commanders Friday afternoon during a gunfight with a rival gang in Dumburum forest on the border with Katsina state,” a Zamfara government official said.

“He led his men on a revenge mission to avenge the death of two of his men by the rival gang during a failed raid on one of his camps last month,” said the official. 

“He led his men on a revenge mission to avenge the death of two of his men by the rival gang during a failed raid on one of his camps last month,” said the official. 

In February Daudawa along with six comrades surrendered to Zamfara state governor Bello Matawalle in his office where he handed over weapons, saying he had renounced crime, as part of the amnesty to bandits to end the cycle of violence.

Ambushed and gunned down

But sources said Daudawa only surrendered a fraction of his weapons and maintained contact with his gangs in the forest.

Earlier this month Daudawa left his lodging in Zamfara state capital Gusau on the pretext of meeting some criminal gangs to convince them to accept a government amnesty offer and release some hostages, according to an official.

“Daudawa has been killed along with his four commanders during fighting with the men of rival bandits,” a source with deep knowledge on the activities of bandits told AFP.

“He was ambushed and gunned down while trying to take away the herd of the rival gang,” said the source.

It was not clear what impact the death of Daudawa would have on the deadly violence cattle thieves and kidnappers have unleashed in northwestern Nigeria.

Some of the Kankara schoolchildren had escaped during the December kidnapping and more than 300 more were released days later after negotiations with local officials.

State authorities always deny any ransom payments were made.

Daudawa, 43, was an armed robber and a cattle rustler before he added gun-running and kidnapping for ransom to his criminal portfolio.

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A$AP Rocky Agrees Travis Scott ‘Stole’ His Whole Style

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A$AP Rocky is seemingly agreeing that fellow rapper Travis Scott, or so it seems, in a new interview teaser reel.

After his much-awaited return to music, A$AP Rocky recently just dropped his comeback single, ‘D.M.B,’ and he is well on a press run to promote his comeback.

A$AP Rocky says that Travis Scott stole his style during an upcoming interview on the Drink Champs podcast.

That question came up again in a teaser for an upcoming episode of rap’s in-house mess factory, Drink Champs with NORE.

“Travis Scott stole his whole style from A$AP Rocky,” N.O.R.E tells the New York rapper.“Yeah,” Rocky agrees.

It isn’t the first time Rocky has discussed the similarities between himself and Travis Scott. Back in 2016, Rocky said during an interview on Hot 97’s Ebro In the Morning that people need to “let shorty rock.”

“You’re hearing it from me, let shorty rock,” he stated at the time. “And let the people decide if he a biter or if he authentic. I’m not saying everybody should be allowed to just take [from] whoever got going on. I’m not implying that. I feel like that whole situation sound petty.”

Despite their superficial physical resemblance, ASAP Rocky and Travis Scott haven’t had the warmest relationship.

In fact, you almost never see the two of them together which, come to think of it, probably contributed to them being mistaken for each other all those times.

However, despite some rumors and speculation, Rocky has insisted that there’s no beef between the two men.

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However, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t agree with certain comparisons between them — namely, the one that Travis jacked ASAP Rocky’s style.

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Dua Lipa Quits Smoking After Throat Infection

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Dua Lipa recently revealed that she has put in a lot of effort to treat fans with her best vocals.

The ‘Levitating’ hitmaker is currently on her ‘Future Nostalgia Tour’ and before hitting the road she made the decision to stub out the cigarettes to keep her singing voice in the best condition possible.

During her conversation with The Sun, the Don’t Start Now singer spilt the beans on quitting smoking after suffering a bout of laryngitis.”I had laryngitis in December and that kind of kickstarted me quitting smoking a month earlier than I was supposed to. But I did it and I have stuck to it,” the New Rules singer said.

“I have this habit tracker on my phone where every night I tick off all the good things I have done for my body and things I have done for myself,” she added.

Dua who began the tour in Miami in February and will finish the mammoth run of gigs in November this year in Perth in Australia.

“It is a really, really demanding and relentless show. When you’re in rehearsals and I’m like, ‘Yeah, lets do this dance routine here, and let’s do this and let’s do that.’

According to her ,the current tour is the most physically demanding show she has ever performed, and as well as ditching the cigarettes.

Nothing ever quite prepares you for the real thing, especially when the adrenaline hits and you’re on stage and you feel the energy from the crowd.

That definitely helps you get in the zone and you don’t really think about the toll it can take on your body because the adrenaline is so high.”

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The singer expressed feeling ‘invincible’ onstage thanks to her some changes in her health and fitness practices.

“I feel like when I get up on stage there is a different kind of confidence and, you know, I feel very invincible at times when I am performing,” she said during the latest episode of her At Your Service podcast.

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky throw ‘rave-themed’ baby shower

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Rihanna and A$AP Rocky threw a “rave-themed” baby shower.

According to HipHollywood, the Diamonds hitmaker and the rapper – who are expecting their first child together – invited some of their famous pals to the super private bash in Hollywood on Friday.

The outlet claims the pair had guests leave their phones at the door with no filming or photography permitted.

Attendees are said to have worn neon for the rave theme and they left with some personalised gifts, including a T-shirt that read: “I Went To Rih & Rocky’s Rave Shower And All I Got Was This Amazing Shirt.”

The baby shower comes after Rocky was released on $550,000 bail after he was arrested in connection with a shooting in LA.

The 33-year-old rapper – whose real name is Rakim Mayers – was detained by police when his private plane flew into Los Angeles International Airport on April 20 in relation to an alleged incident that took place around 10.20pm on November 6, 2021.

She recently revealed she wasn’t planning a traditional baby shower and that she wanted everyone to “be plastered and crawling out”.

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“I mean it’s lit for a lot of people – I’ve even planned a couple of baby showers like that myself—it’s just not right for me. Personally, I want a party.

I want everyone to be plastered and crawling out. And it’s got to be co-ed! Don’t put me on no wicker chair somewhere with gifts at my feet where everyone is staring at me.”

She also confirmed to not want to hold a gender reveal party, and that she will wait until the couple are ready to share the sex of their little bundle.

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