Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) have taken over the premises of the Federal High Court, Maitama in Abuja ahead of the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Monday.
Kanu is standing trial before Justice Binta Nyako for charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, illegal possession of arms, among others levelled against him by the Nigerian government.
A unit of hooded armed officers on motorbikes and trucks stood guard at the court’s entrance, prohibiting human and vehicular movement into the area.
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Officers stated that they were on a special operation in the region and asked for their patience as those who slept in motels in the area were banned from moving in and out.
However, the situation erupted into a brawl when several of the victims confronted the officers and demanded to be taken to their hotel rooms.
It is unclear whether the operatives will give individuals working in the area access to their offices.
Meanwhile, fans of the arrested IPOB leader have threatened to flood the court to demonstrate their support for him.
Kanu has been detained by the DSS since he was kidnapped in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria on June 30 following a brief appearance before Justice Binta Nyako.
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