Writers at Risk Database

Chido Onumah

Author, human rights activist, and journalist Onumah was briefly arrested and detained by the Nigerian Department of State Security (DSS) in September 2019 without explanation of the offense. He… More

Writers at Risk Database

Ogaga Ifowodo

Poet Ifowodo was arrested in November 1997 returning from the Commonwealth Summit in Scotland, where he appealed for stronger sanctions against then-President Sani Abacha. He was held in solitary… More

Sadiq Usman Saleh Sadiq Zazzabi

Popular R&B singer Saleh received a court summons for a song he released that allegedly contained “immorality by featuring seductive dances;” Saleh claimed his arrest was political. He pled… More

Godwin Agbroko

Godwin Agbroko | Status: Murdered | Nigeria

Godwin Agbroko, editorial board chairman of the private daily This Day, was arrested on two separate occasions in 1995, and again in 1996, when he spent several months in… More

Gaga Ifowodo

Ogaga Ifowodo | Status: Released | Nigeria

Poet Ogaga Ifowodo was arrested around November 6, 1997 on his way home from the Commonwealth Summit in Edinburgh, where he and other activists appealed for stronger sanctions against… More

Second U.S.-Based Internet Writer Released

International PEN welcomes the release without charge of the U.S.-based Internet writer Emmanuel Emeka Asiwe, who was held incommunicado from October 28 to November 4, 2008 due to his… More