Onize Ohikere

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

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Al-Shabaab kills 20 in attack on Mogadishu hotel

Terrorism
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/02/16, 10:23 am

Somali security officials on Thursday morning regained control of a hotel in the capital following an overnight attack by the extremist group al-Shabaab that left more than 50 people injured and 20 others dead, including two lawmakers.

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A weakening Boko Haram reaches out to ISIS

Nigeria
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/16/16, 02:15 pm

The multinational forces combating Boko Haram’s insurgency have arrested five of the group’s leaders and freed several women and children, Cameroon’s government said Saturday. The announcement came as Nigeria hosted a security summit where a senior British official said Boko Haram could be increasing its cooperation with Islamic State (ISIS).

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Four Americans sentenced for failed Gambian coup

Africa
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/13/16, 11:53 am

Four Gambian-Americans, who attempted and failed to overthrow Gambian President Yahya Jammeh in a 2014 coup, received lighter sentences than expected from a federal judge in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday.

Cherno Njie, 58, from Lakeway, Texas, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison and ordered to pay a $10,000 fine. Njie financed the group’s weaponry and travel expenses and hosted some meetings in his Texas home. He would have served as the country’s interim leader if the coup had succeeded. Federal prosecutors had asked for a 63-month sentence.

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