Onize Ohikere

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

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Johnson elected British prime minister

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/23/19, 11:36 am

Pro-Brexit lawmaker Boris Johnson on Tuesday won the race to replace Theresa May as Britain’s prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party. Johnson won 66 percent of the party vote, defeating his opponent, Jeremy Hunt, who secured 34 percent. Johnson will assume office in a handover ceremony on Wednesday.

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Nigerian Shiite protest turns violent

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/23/19, 11:31 am

ABUJA, Nigeria—Minority Shiite protesters clashed with police on Monday, leaving at least 11 people dead, according to Ibrahim Musa, a spokesman for the group. Members of the minority Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) took to the streets to demand the government release their leader, Ibrahim Zakzaky. Police used tear gas and opened fire on the demonstrators, who responded with petrol bombs and set fire to at least two cars. They also burned down an emergency unit of the National Emergency Management Agency. A deputy commissioner was shot dead, police confirmed.

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Britain debates response to Iranian hostility

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/22/19, 12:47 pm

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday held an emergency meeting with the country’s senior government and security leaders after Iran seized the British-flagged Stena Impero and its 23 crew members in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday. Iran said it orchestrated the armed takeover in retaliation for Britain intercepting and impounding one of its tankers two weeks ago off Gibraltar that was attempting to deliver oil to Syria in violation of European Union sanctions.

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