Nigerian author's passport siezed

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LAGOS - The military government has seized the passport of the Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka, preventing him from travelling to a human rights conference in its continuing clampdown on Nigeria's pro-democracy movement.

Government radio said Soyinka was stopped at Lagos airport on Thursday night as he tried to board a plane to Stockholm. Soyinka is an outspoken critic of General Sani Abacha's military regime who has brought a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court to declare the administration illegal. AP