Onize Ohikere

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

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U.S. missionary kidnapped in Niger

Missions | Jeffrey Woodke is the first American kidnapped from the Western Africa country
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/17/16, 11:24 am

Gunmen kidnapped an American missionary from his home in central Niger over the weekend and killed two other people. The incident is the first reported kidnapping of an American in the region.

On Friday night, the attackers stormed into Jeffery Woodke’s home in the town of Abalak, killing his guard and housekeeper, Niger’s interior ministry said in a statement on Saturday. The armed men, driving a white Toyota Hilux pickup truck, took Woodke and headed across the desert toward Mali.

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Associated Press/Photo by Dar Yasin

Nigerian Shiites killed in clashes with security forces

Nigeria | Deaths come one week after Nigerian government declared the group unlawful
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/14/16, 01:31 pm

Nigeria’s largest Shiite Islamic group said Thursday security forces and “paid thugs” killed at least 20 of its members in numerous attacks on the group’s religious gatherings Wednesday.

Armed militants in Nigeria’s northwest Kaduna state torched and demolished the movement’s center, killing three of its members, according to a statement released by the Iran-backed Islamic Movement of Nigeria. The group also said a team of policemen in nearby Katsina state disrupted its procession, resulting in casualties.

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Boko Haram releases 21 Chibok girls

Nigeria | Government confirms the girls are now in state custody
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/13/16, 11:34 am

Boko Haram has released 21 of the kidnapped Chibok girls, the president’s spokesman confirmed this morning. The release is the first positive result to come from negotiation efforts by the government since Boko Haram kidnapped the girls in 2014.

Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said in a statement the girls are now in the custody of the Department of State Services. Their release resulted from negotiations between the government and Boko Haram with the help of the International Red Cross and the Swiss government, Shehu said.

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