Writer Bernard Zepherin Teyou was released on 29 April. He had been imprisoned since November 2010 after writing a book about the President's wife.
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On January 9, Saudi Arabian authorities publicly lashed Raif Badawi 50 times – the first flogging meted after Raif was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years imprisonment in May 2014.
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Since 2014, Boko Haram has killed at least 5,500 Nigerian civilians and abducted at least 2,000 women and girls, many of whom been forced into sexual slavery and trained to fight.