Onize Ohikere

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

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Ethiopia declares state of emergency as protests continue

Africa | Government opponents see the move as an official attempt to silence dissent
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/10/16, 11:25 am

The Ethiopian government on Sunday declared a six-month state of emergency after a week of anti-government protests resulted in deaths and property damage across the country, especially in the Oromia region. 

The decree marks Ethiopia’s first state of emergency in 25 years and has raised concerns of more government repression.

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Al-Shabaab kills six in attack targeting Christians

Kenya | Kenyan officials say they had insufficient intelligence reports prior to the attack
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/07/16, 10:20 am

Al-Shabaab militants killed six people Thursday in an attack in northern Kenya near the border of Somalia. The group said it targeted Christians.

The gunmen attacked a gated residential block of Mandera where 33 non-Muslims reside. Witnesses said the attackers set off an explosive device on the complex before they opened fire.

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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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