Onize Ohikere

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

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Rebels in South Sudan vow to destroy regime

South Sudan | The former vice president gathers troops to prepare for attacks
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/27/16, 10:29 am

South Sudan’s government is seeking support from regional countries after opposition leader and former vice president Riek Machar called for armed resistance against President Salva Kiir’s government.

The announcement comes amid heavy fighting between opposition forces in the country’s oil-rich Unity state that led several aid organizations to pull out their workers from the region. The ongoing clashes have sustained concerns that the young country is still on the brink of another civil war.

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Former Boko Haram leader posts proof-of-life video

Terrorism | Nigerian military claimed Abubakar Shekau suffered serious injuries in an August air strike
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/26/16, 11:59 am

The former leader of Nigerian-born extremist group Boko Haram released a video on Sunday, countering the military’s claim he suffered serious injuries in an airstrike last month.

In the 40-minute recording, Abubakar Shekau addressed his message to “the tyrants of Nigeria in particular and the west of Africa in general.”

“You broadcast the news and published it in your media outlets that you injured me and killed me, and here I am,” he said, speaking from an unknown location. “I will not get killed until my time comes.”

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Is Congo headed for a large-scale political crisis?

Africa | UN chief wary of ongoing unrest after 50 people died in two days of clashes this week
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/23/16, 11:57 am

The United Nations human rights chief on Thursday warned Congolese authorities to dial back their “extremely confrontational position” with opposition forces, or risk facing a large-scale political crisis. Zeid Ra’aad Al Hussein issued his statement after clashes between opposition protesters and security forces earlier this week left several buildings destroyed and at least 50 people dead.

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