Onize Ohikere

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

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U.S. tries to stem government evils in Congo

Africa | Unilateral sanctions target official who terrorized civilians
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/24/16, 12:11 pm

The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday said it had sanctioned a police commissioner from the Democratic Republic of Congo for his role in violently repressing human rights and political freedom in the country. But experts worry the United States’ unilateral move comes with its own risks.

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Militant environmental group denies truce with Nigerian government

Environment | The Niger Delta Avengers are fighting to stop pollution caused by the region’s oil production
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/22/16, 08:49 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—The Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group that has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on oil and gas plants in the Niger Delta region, is denying reports it has reached a truce with the federal government. Nigerian officials say they are willing to negotiate with the group, but analysts argue talks will only encourage more militancy in the region.

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Egypt sentences journalists to death

Middle East | Government uses harsh punishments to silence opposition
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/20/16, 12:16 pm

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced six people to death, including two Al Jazeera reporters, after accusing them of leaking national security documents to Qatar and the Al Jazeera TV network in Doha, Qatar. The ruling reflects Egypt’s continuous attempt to control all forms of opposition. Experts believe the country may not follow through with the death sentences.

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