Samuel Okbamichael

Name: Samuel Okbamicheal

Country/Area of Origin: Eritrea

Background: Samuel Okbamichael is a pastor from the Full Gospel Church

Reason for Arrest:

In late July 2021, Eritrean authorities entered the home of Pastor Samuel Okbamichael in the middle of the night, detained him, and transferred him to an undisclosed location. It was later clarified that Pastor Okbamichael is currently located at maximum-security Wengel Mermera Central Criminal Investigation Interrogation Centre in Asmara. It remains unclear why Pastor Okbamichael has been arrested, as he was nearing retirement and only occasionally oversaw a few Christian funerals and weddings.

It was also revealed that Eritrean authorities sought out to detain another individual, Pastor Georgio Gabreab (72), but upon seeing him ill in bed they warned him he was under house arrest until he was healthy and could be detained. Pastor Gebreab has been unwell for quite a long time and previously served a five-year prison camp sentence for his faith.

Latest Updates:

  • 24 September 2021: International Christian Concern received news from their contacts that Pastor Okbamichael still remains in detention and that there is no clarification regarding his charges.