Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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Pope Francis to Copts: Show mercy amid persecution

Religion | Catholic church leader brings message of hope and peace to Egypt
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/01/17, 11:02 am

Pope Francis encouraged Egypt’s Coptic Christians to remain hopeful during his weekend visit to the country which followed heightened attacks against Christians in the past month. The pope’s trip also included a call for more tolerance as he visited the country’s top Islamic institution and met with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

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Al-Shabaab extremists kill Somali intelligence official

Somalia | Attacks against security officers are on the rise since the president declared war on insurgency
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/28/17, 11:09 am

Al-Shabaab extremists on Thursday shot and killed a Somali senior intelligence officer in the capital Mogadishu, security officials said. The shooting follows a string of similar attacks targeting security officials following the president’s declaration of war against the insurgent group.

Mohamud Haji Ali was sitting in front of his house when the armed extremists shot and killed him, according to a police official. The militants fled the scene before security officials arrived. Ali had worked with the Somalian National Intelligence and Security Agency.

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Aid groups defend their role in Europe’s migration crisis

Immigration | An Italian prosecutor says rescue ships are making the problem worse
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/27/17, 11:59 am

An Italian city’s chief prosecutor earlier this week said he had evidence some nongovernmental organizations that rescue people in the Mediterranean Sea are contributing to the migration crisis overwhelming Europe.

The report follows several accusations that rescue aid groups work as taxi services for migrants and collude with human smugglers in Libya, though some analysts have said their efforts have little impact on the migrant flow.

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