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BreakingNews: Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr is Dead; Niger Delta Mourns.

According to Sahara Reporters, Saro-Wiwa Jr died on Tuesday, October 18.

The son of the late Ogoni activist served as an adviser to former president, Goodluck Jonathan.

His father, Ken Saro-Wiwa was a member of the Ogoni people, an ethnic minority in the Niger Delta. Due to his activism against the degradation of the land and waters of the Ogoni people by oil companies.

In 1992, Saro-Wiwa was imprisoned for several months, without trial, by the Nigerian military government. In June 1993, Saro-Wiwa was arrested again and detained by Nigerian authorities but was released after a month.

Saro-Wiwa was again arrested and accused of inciting the death of 6 Ogoni chiefs. He denied the charges but was imprisoned for over a year before being found guilty and sentenced to death by a specially convened tribunal.

On November 10 1995, he was killed along with 8 other that came to be known as the Ogoni Nine by the Gen. Sani Abacha regime.

Ogundele G. Damilola

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