Onize Ohikere

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

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Al-Shabaab executes alleged U.S. spies

Terrorism | Somali-based terror group claims two of four men killed worked with the CIA
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/06/17, 10:33 am

Al-Shabaab on Sunday said it has publicly executed four men accused of spying for other governments, including the United States.

The Islamic extremist group said its Sharia court in southern Somalia’s Jamame town found the men guilty of working with the countries’ intelligence agencies.

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Zimbabwean pastor faces 20-year prison sentence

Zimbabwe | Pastor Mwarire sparked national protests against the country’s government
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/03/17, 10:02 am

A Zimbabwean pastor who launched protests against the country’s President Robert Mugabe could face up to 20 years in prison for multiple charges against the state.

Police arrested Evan Mwarire on Wednesday at Harare International Airport as he returned from a self-imposed exile in the United States. Mwarire fled the country in August after he was arrested and then released for his involvement in several antigovernment protests. The pastor said he feared for his family’s well-being.

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Gambia’s new president begins democratic reforms

Africa | The changes include reining in security services and removing media restrictions
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/02/17, 10:55 am

New Gambian President Adama Barrow has started his tenure with a “complete overhaul” of the political system his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, ruled for more than two decades.

Barrow, who assumed office a week ago, has appointed officials, remodeled some of the country’s repressive restrictions, and kick-started plans to restore unity.

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