Onize Ohikere

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

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Report: UN soldiers fled fighting in South Sudan

South Sudan | U.S.-based group says UN peacekeepers are failing their mission
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/06/16, 10:54 am

UN peacekeepers fled their posts during renewed clashes in South Sudan’s capital in July and failed to protect civilians outside the bases, the Center for Civilians in Conflict said in a report released Wednesday.

The report, based on interviews with 59 civilians and 29 UN mission officials, is the latest in a thread of incidents in which peacekeepers have failed to protect civilians in the war-torn country. The U.S.-based group called on the Security Council to hold guilty peacekeepers accountable and ensure more support for its troops in conflict zones.

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Nigeria investigates squandered aid funds

Corruption | Money intended to help those displaced by Boko Haram violence ended up in officials’ pockets instead
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/05/16, 11:52 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday said it will investigate the diversion of government funds intended to provide aid to people displaced by Boko Haram’s insurgency in the northeast. 

Lawmakers agreed to the probe after a state senator claimed several agencies that received government funds to provide assistance to displaced persons cannot account for more than $1 million. 

Sen. Bashir Gabai from Borno state, Boko Haram’s birthplace, accused the agencies involved of using the money for their personal interests.

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Ethiopia mourns stampede victims

Ethiopia | The incident marks a turning point in the restive Oromia region
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/04/16, 11:25 am

The Ethiopian government has declared three days of national mourning after more than 52 people died Sunday in a stampede at a large thanksgiving festival in the Oromia region. The incident, triggered by clashes between security forces and protesters, highlights the growing tension between the government and demonstrators seeking more political freedom.

The government communications office said in a statement that all Ethiopian flags in the country and at its embassies and consular offices around the world would fly at half-staff beginning today.

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