Onize Ohikere

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

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Nigeria ready to negotiate for Chibok girls’ freedom

Terrorism | The government wants to begin talks with terror group Boko Haram, if it can figure out who’s in charge
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/29/16, 10:14 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—The Nigerian government is ready to begin negotiations with “bona fide leaders” of extremist group Boko Haram for the release of the kidnapped Chibok girls, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Sunday.

Buhari said Boko Haram can choose an internationally recognized nonprofit as an intermediary if it does not want to work directly with the government. But Boko Haram must convince the intermediary it still has the girls and clearly state the number of Boko Haram leaders it wants Nigeria to release from prison, Buhari added.

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Al-Shabaab kills eight in Somali beach attack

Terrorism | Islamic militants ramp up terror targeting civilians ahead of next month’s elections
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/26/16, 10:39 am

Somali security forces have ended a deadly overnight siege by extremist group al-Shabaab on a beachfront restaurant in the capital, Mogadishu, police officials said Friday morning. The attack, which began Thursday evening, killed at least eight people and two militants.

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Boko Haram terror triggers health crisis for children

Terrorism | UN warns severe malnutrition could kill thousands in Africa’s Lake Chad region
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/25/16, 11:19 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—More than 475,000 children in the Lake Chad region will face severe malnutrition due to Boko Haram’s insurgency, the United Nations child agency said today. Experts increased the estimate from 175,000 children at risk at the start of the year, raising concerns of a growing humanitarian crisis.

In northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, some 49,000 children could die this year if they don’t receive treatment, UNICEF said.

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