Journalists have been denied access to the courtroom to cover the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Ejes Gist News can authoritatively reports, that Security operatives stationed at the Ministry of Justice building’s entrance have denied some lawyers, civil society organisations, and family members of the accused access to the courtroom.
Only accredited judiciary reporters would be allowed in, according to security agents, but even accredited journalists were searched before entering the premises.
“At least under military rule, journalists would be given access to the courts,” said activist Deji Adeyanju.
“The court could also be accessed by members of the general public.” Today, however, the situation is the polar opposite. The fact that this is supposed to be a democracy is both unfortunate and unbelievable.
“Essentially, Nigerians should be aware that President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime has suspended the Constitution, and the country is under military rule.”
Earlier today, police and soldiers took over the Federal High Court in Abuja in preparation for the IPOB leader’s trial.
DSS agents were also seen on the premises, guarding every entrance to the court and the streets leading up to the court building.
On the 27th of June, 2021, the Biafra leader was reportedly rearrested in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria.
The secessionist was then arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako, who ordered that he be held in the custody of the DSS until his next trial date, which is scheduled for July 26 and 27.
The DSS, however, was unable to produce the Biafra activist in court on the scheduled date due to logistical issues, resulting in the trial being postponed until today.
Stay tuned to Ejes Gist News for live updates on the court proceedings as they unfold…