~ Court gives only ten media houses coverage permit
The Federal High Court Abuja, where the trial of the leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biara (IPOB) ,Nnamdi Kanu will resume, has today, (Monday) witnessed a heavy security cordon ahead of the commencement of the trial.
Officers of the Nigerian Police Force and operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) were seen guarding every entrance to the court and the streets leading to the court building.
Journalists whose names were not on a prepared list were not allowed near the court premises.
In June, Nnamdi Kanu was arrested and extradited to Nigeria to face trial after jumping bail in 2017 — he has since been remanded in DSS custody.
Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony brought against him by the federal government for his campaign for a ”Republic of Biafra”.
But despite the heavy presence of security operatives, some members of the IPOB had tried to infiltrate the court but they were quickly tackled by the security operatives leading to a serious commotion.
Court selects only 10 media organisations to cover the trial
Information pieced by this paper indicated that only 10 media organisations were allowed to cover the trial of the IPOB leader.
The development is contrary to the report that the Department of State Services (DSS) picked the 10 media organisations to cover Kanu’s trial.
In a letter dated July 23 and seen by TheCable, Catherine Christopher, chief information officer of the federal high court, said only a few listed journalists will be allowed to enter the court’s premises.
The letter listed only 10 media organisations.
TheCable was informed that security agencies, including the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Police Force were given copies of the list.
There has been heavy security presence at the court premises since Sunday ahead of the trial of the IPOB leader.