Onize Ohikere

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

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Niger asks France for more aid to fight terror

Terrorism | Request comes after Boko Haram attack killed 26 soldiers
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/15/16, 08:51 am

Nigerien President Mahamadou Issoufou on Tuesday asked France to increase its military support in the fight against Islamic extremism in the Lake Chad Basin. But experts say the resources of France and other Western countries contributing to the global fight against terror are starting to stretch thin.

“We want a strengthening of this operation across the Sahel, including to address the threats we face with Boko Haram,” Issoufou said during an official visit to France.

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ISIS retaliates as Libyan forces close in on Sirte

Libya | Analysts warn military victory won't stick as long as the country's political situation remains unstable
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/13/16, 08:37 am

Islamic State suicide bombers on Sunday attacked Libyan forces in the port city of Sirte as the troops continue to reclaim parts of the extremist group’s stronghold. Islamic State (ISIS) is losing control of several cities, but analysts worry Libya still lacks the political stability to thrive, even if it can force the extremist group out of the country.

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Oil bust hits hard in petroleum-driven countries

Economy | Nigeria’s economy is the latest domino to fall as oil prices decline
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/10/16, 11:12 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—Cars, motorcycles, and tricycles crowd the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) petrol station in Abuja’s Gudu district. A single row of waiting cars stretches for nearly half a block. Unlike several other petrol stations, NNPC sells fuel 10 cents cheaper per liter than the set rate many drivers find expensive.

“It’s not a big difference, but as things are difficult, people like it that way,” said Veronica Simon, one of the workers at the petrol station.

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