Onize Ohikere

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

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Egypt declares state of emergency after twin church bombings

Terrorism | The Palm Sunday attacks killed at least 44 people and injured more than 100 others
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/10/17, 10:14 am

Egypt’s president declared a three-month state of emergency after an Islamic State affiliate bombed two Coptic churches on Sunday, killing at least 44 people. 

The attacks, among the deadliest against the minority Christian community, happened on Palm Sunday as the Coptic Church marked the start of Holy Week leading into Easter. 

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Somalia launches new offensive against al-Shabaab

Somalia | The president sets a 60-day deadline for the group to surrender
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/07/17, 10:35 am

The new Somali president on Thursday fired and replaced the country’s top security officials and called on extremist group al-Shabaab to surrender within 60 days in a new offensive against terrorism.

The announcement by President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo follows a recently signed directive allowing U.S. troops more leniency to carry out strikes against al-Shabaab.

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EU grapples for fix to migration crisis

Immigration | Porous borders, political strife, and human trafficking compound the problem
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/06/17, 10:36 am

Groups working across the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday rescued some 750 migrants traveling in packed rubber boats off the coast of Libya. The latest rescue comes as the European Union scrambles to find a viable solution to the migration crisis.

The Aquarius rescue ship, which is run by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, rescued 297 people from three rubber boats.

“Late this afternoon the Aquarius rescued a further 136 people, including 14 pregnant women and 33 minors from a rubber boat,” Doctors Without Borders posted on Twitter.

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