Onize Ohikere

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

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U.S., UN warn of impending attacks in South Sudan

South Sudan | Reports say government forces plan to target civilians
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/01/16, 10:43 am

The United States and United Nations warned in separate meetings Wednesday that South Sudan’s government is plotting major attacks targeting civilians.

U.S. Ambassador to the Human Rights Council Keith Harper told a UN session in Geneva the South Sudanese government has mobilized at least 4,000 militiamen in the country’s Central Equatoria state in preparation for attacks. Central Equatoria, previously one of the few peaceful states in the country, has become a central battleground in the renewed clashes, with more than 1,900 homes destroyed in the past two months, Harper said.

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Egypt moves to restrict NGOs, silence opposition

Egypt | Nearly 50,000 Egyptian nongovernmental organizations would face limits on their activities
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/30/16, 11:54 am

Egypt’s Parliament on Tuesday approved a new law that would give state officials more regulatory powers over nongovernmental organizations.

Rights groups have condemned the pending law, which is still awaiting the president’s approval, as the government’s latest move to hinder all forms of opposition. The bill’s dissenters have warned the legislation would obstruct the work of nearly 50,000 NGOs across the country.

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Christians beg Nigerian government to stop Fulani attacks

Persecution | Militant herdsmen have killed dozens and destroyed homes and churches
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/29/16, 10:48 am

Fulani herdsmen have in the past week killed at least 12 Christians in Nigeria’s Kaduna state. Christian leaders are calling on the Nigerian government to respond to the increasing attacks, which some have coined “religious cleansing.”

Residents of Pasakori and Hayin Gaza villages in southern Kaduna confirmed the herdsmen killed the village heads and five others in the communities. In a separate attack on Mile One village, the herdsmen killed another five villagers, including the district head, and destroyed several homes.

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