Onize Ohikere

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

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Burundi's civilian uproar puts election on hold

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/04/15, 02:38 pm

When President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi announced in April he was running for a third term, street protests broke out, leaving 20 people dead and more than 370 injured, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. The protests resulted in a failed coup last month that lasted 48 hours.

Parliamentary elections that were set for Friday and presidential elections that were set for June 26 have now been postponed.

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Nigerian bankers arrested in corruption crack-down

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/02/15, 04:03 pm

The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) arrested 21 bankers for stealing defaced currency worth more than six billion naira, more than $33 million.

“Instead of carrying out the statutory instruction to destroy the currency, they substituted it with newspapers neatly cut to Naira sizes and proceeded to recycle the defaced and mutilated currency,” the EFCC said in a statement.

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DRC agrees to finalize 71 adoptions on hold for two years

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 6/01/15, 02:33 pm

Seventy-one children who have waited for two years will now have new homes. In 2013, a Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ban on foreign adoption put on hold nearly 1,000 ongoing individual adoptions. On Saturday, Albert Paka, judicial adviser at DRC’s interior ministry, announced 71 of those adoption processes will be completed with families across five countries, including the United States and Belgium.

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