Onize Ohikere

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

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Concerns over Iran nuclear agreement on the rise

Foreign Policy
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/18/15, 05:00 pm

WASHINGTON—As the Obama administration continues to deliberate its nuclear agreement with Iran, some lawmakers from the House Committee on Foreign Affairs expressed concern about whether the Islamic nation’s leaders will abide by the provisions. 

The agreement set up in April stipulates Iran will get rid of about 98 percent of its stockpile of uranium, retaining only 300 kilograms. In return, the country will receive substantial sanctions relief.

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Nigerian court dismisses murder case against child bride

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/10/15, 04:55 pm

Wasila Tasi’u, 15, appeared Monday in a Nigerian court wearing a full-face veil. The case against her: murdering her husband with rat poison.

Tasi’u’s family married her to a 35-year-old man when she was 13. A year later, she allegedly poisoned a meal she prepared for her husband and three of his friends. Though she faced charges of culpable homicide and a possible death sentence, the court discharged Tasi’u’s case two days ago. Her lawyer, Hussaina Aliyu Ibrahim, said the prosecution failed to establish Tasi’u’s intent to kill and how she did it.

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Lack of miniskirts in Tunisia reveals bigger problem

North Africa
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/10/15, 09:17 am

In 2010, Tunisia sparked the Arab Spring that led to the resignation of political leaders around the Arab world. But it proved to be a lot harder to organize a miniskirt protest.

Former Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba banned miniskirts shortly after the country’s independence in 1966. Recently, an online campaign urged Arabic men to oppose immodest female dressing: The campaign set up a Facebook page called “Be a man and don’t let your woman out in revealing clothes.” Organizers argued the hijab and other modest clothing protect women from unwanted attention.

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