Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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Video reveals police suffocation from March

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/03/20, 04:04 am

A black man with mental health issues died from asphyxiation after police officers in Rochester, N.Y., covered his head with a “spit hood” and pressed his face to the pavement for two minutes. Details from the March 23 incident surfaced after Daniel Prude’s family on Wednesday obtained video and reports from a public records request. New York Attorney General Letitia James said an investigation is ongoing. Protesters gathered Wednesday outside Rochester’s police headquarters and at the spot where Prude died, where they chanted and prayed.

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Khmer Rouge’s chief jailer dies in Cambodia

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/02/20, 03:54 am

Kaing Guek Eav oversaw the torture and killing of as many as 16,000 Cambodians at the Communist regime’s most notorious prison. The 77-year-old known as “Comrade Duch” died at a hospital Wednesday morning after having difficulty breathing at the Kandal provincial prison where he was serving a life sentence for war crimes.

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Belarusian protesters remain defiant

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/31/20, 04:09 am

Tens of thousands of Belarusians chanting “Freedom” and “Resign” returned to the streets of the capital city of Minsk on Sunday to begin a fourth week of protests. Demonstrators marched on the city’s main avenues after police blocked off Independence Square, where earlier protests took place. The demonstrations began after President Alexander Lukashenko claimed victory for a sixth term after the Aug. 9 election. Police said they detained 125 people during Sunday’s protest.

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