13 February 1998


Poet Ogaga Ifowodo still detained in solitary confinement

Incident details

Ogaga Ifowodo



(WiPC/IFEX) - According to WiPC, poet Ogaga Ifowodo, who was arrested around
6 November 1997 on his return to Nigeria from the UK, is still reported to
be held in solitary confinement
with no access to family, lawyer or doctors (not previously reported by
IFEX). Ifowodo's arrest has not yet been officially acknowledged and no
charges have been preferred against him. There
are fears that he may be held in isolation in very harsh conditions.

An honorary fellow at the Heinrich B=F6ll Foundation in Germany, Ifowodo=
won the 1996 Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) award for poetry. He has
recently been elected as honorary member by the West German PEN Centre.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • demanding Ifowodo's immediate and unconditional release if he is not to
    be promptly charged and fairly tried
  • appealing to them to ensure that Ifowodo be treated humanely while in
    detention and that he be
    allowed access to his family, a lawyer and a medical doctor of his choice

    Appeals To

    General Sani Abacha
    Chairman, Provisional Ruling Council
    State House, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory,
    Nigeria Fax: + 234 9 523 2138

    Chief Tom Ikimi
    Minister of Foreign Affairs
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maputo Street PMB 130,=20
    Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria Mr Justice
    P.K. Nwokedi, Chairman

    and to:
    National Human Rights Commission
    National Assembly Complex, Maitama
    PMB 444, Garki
    Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

    and to the diplomatic representative of NIGERIA
    accredited to your country.

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    International PEN Writers in Prison Committee
    Brownlow House
    50-51 High Holborn
    London WC1V 6ER
    United Kingdom
    wipc (@) internationalpen.org.uk
    Fax:+44 20 74050339
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