SAD NEWS: Saro-Wiwa’s Son, Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr Passes On!


Son of the late famous Niger Delta activist, Saro-Wiwa, Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr is dead.

Ogoni land has been thrown into deep mourning over the demise of Ken Saro-Wiwa Jr.

According to reports, Saro-Wiwa Jnr died on Tuesday, October 18 after a brief illness.

Ken Saro-Wiwa Jnr, who was also the son of the late Ogoni activist served as an adviser to former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Ken who was born in 1968, was an international journalist and an author.

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Former President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Mr. Ledum Mitee, expressed shock over the news of Saro-Wiwa Jnr’s death.

He said:

“Somebody just called me to tell me that he is dead.

“But I am still in shock and have not been able to confirm it.”

Also, Media Adviser to MOSOP, Mr. Bari-ara Kpalap, expressed shock over the news of Saro Wiwa Jr’s death.

Kpalap also disclosed that he hac been alerted of the development, although he had yet to confirm it.

Ken Saro-Wiwa Snr (his father) was a member of the Ogoni people, an ethnic minority in the Niger Delta.

Known for his strong activism against the degradation of the land and waters of the Ogoni people by oil companies.

In 1992, Saro Wiwa (Snr) was imprisoned for several months, without trial, by the Nigerian military government.

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In June 1993, Saro Wiwa was again arrested and detained by Nigerian authorities, although he was released a month later.

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.

The late Ken Saro-Wiwa (Snr) was condemned to die by hanging, by a specially convened tribunal.

On November 10 1995, he was killed along with 8 others in what later came to be known as the “Ogoni Nine” by the Gen. Sani Abacha regime.