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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Nigeria asks for U.S. help to fight Boko Haram

Nigeria
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/29/16, 01:00 pm

The United States could soon send Special Operations advisory forces to Nigeria to assist regional troops in the fight against Boko Haram.

The possible deployment follows a preliminary assessment by Gen. Donald Bolduc, U.S. Special Operations commander for Africa, to determine how the U.S. can assist select Nigerian units.

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Tony Blair, Leon Panetta partner to fight the root cause of terrorism

Terrorism
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/26/16, 02:15 pm

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta have launched an antiterrorism commission that plans to go beyond a military strategy to combat the ideology that drives radicalization, an approach many political leaders often fail to address.

The Commission on Countering Violent Extremism, launched Wednesday, is sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an international policy institution.

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Nigeria forces refugees to resettle in unsafe camps

Nigeria
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/25/16, 02:17 pm

Nigerian authorities are forcibly resettling hundreds of people displaced by Boko Haram violence, including in a refugee camp recently attacked by the extremist group.

In northeastern Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram, security forces ordered people into trucks as camp managers locked the gates to prevent some people from going into the city to find places to stay. Victims complained authorities manhandled them when they protested, saying they were being sent to their deaths.

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