Onize Ohikere

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

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Mass terror arrests in Nigeria raise human rights concern

Nigeria | In the war on Boko Haram, many non-terrorists face lengthy detention
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/20/16, 11:02 am

The Nigerian army has released 249 Boko Haram suspects after receiving clearance from the Joint Interrogation Committee in Maiduguri, Borno state, the army confirmed Monday. Security officials in the region continue to struggle to balance protecting human rights with combating Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency.

Army spokesman Col. Sani Usman said the detainees included 169 men, 46 women, and 34 children. The suspects come from several states across Nigeria, and two others from neighboring Cameroon.

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Kenyan police officers charged with killing IJM lawyer, two others

Kenya | Case has galvanized opposition to corrupt force long accused of abuse and extrajudicial murder
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/19/16, 08:44 am

A Kenyan high court on Monday charged four police officers with murder in the June killings of U.S.-employed human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client, and a taxi driver. The murders sparked outrage, with many rights groups and protesters calling for an end to extrajudicial killings.

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Muslim youths attack Nigerian church

Persecution | Violence comes amid ongoing religious tension rippling across the country
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/18/16, 10:37 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—A group of Muslim youths attacked and vandalized a Catholic Church in Nigeria’s Niger state on Friday. The attack comes barely a week after the murder of a female street preacher in Abuja, the country’s capital.

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