Onize Ohikere

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

Associated Press

Somali pirates release 26 sailors after four years

Africa | Release comes amid a significant drop in piracy off the East African coast
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/24/16, 10:49 am

Somali pirates have released 26 sailors from a 29-member crew, more than four years after their capture, China’s Foreign Ministry confirmed today. One crew member died during the hijacking, while two others died from illnesses during their captivity.

The Saturday release included sailors from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam. They worked on Naham 3, a fishing vessel hijacked by pirates on March 26, 2012, during the height of the region’s piracy epidemic.

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Associated Press/Photo by Sunday Aghaeze/Nigeria State House

Some Chibok girls appear reluctant to go home

Nigeria | Source cites stigma and conversion as possible reasons girls want to stay with captors
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/18/16, 01:16 pm

ABUJA, Nigeria—More than 100 of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls seem unwilling to return home, a Chibok community leader said today as the government continues to negotiate the release of another 83 girls from Boko Haram.

Pogu Bitrus, chairman of the Chibok Development Association, said the girls’ unwillingness to return home could stem from either the shame of marrying and having children with some of the extremists or because they were radicalized.

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Associated Press/Photo by Jerome Delay

Fulani herdsmen kill 40 in ongoing land dispute

Nigeria | Local advocacy group blames the government for failing to protect the community
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/18/16, 10:30 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—Attackers suspected of being Fulani herdsmen killed 40 people in weekend raids on several villages in Nigeria’s Kaduna state, a local advocacy group said yesterday. The group blamed security forces for failing to protect the communities from a string of attacks that began five months ago.

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