Journalists, observers are being chased away as the trial of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu starts on Monday at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Kanu, who was extradited from Kenya by the Nigerian Government on June 29th, will be facing trial over allegation of unlawful gathering and incitement of crowd which led to the killing of citizens.
However, the Department of Secret Service only accredited ten media houses to cover the trial of the IPOB leader which muzzles the right of freedom of media rights in the country.
However, SSS agents were spotted heavily guarding the Court and shutting down two major roads leading to the court while journalists, lawyers and other court observers are barred from entering the court.
The measures intensified after Aloy Ejimakor, Mr Kanu’s lawyer, rallied supporters of the separatist leader to make themselves available at the trial without fear.
“It is important to state that, anybody who wishes to come is not doing anything illegal, provided such a person comes in peace. Kanu’s trial is an open trial, not a secret trial, and he’s presumed innocent until proven guilty,” Mr Ejimakor said.
Meanwhile, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has appointed Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, to lead the Ohanaeze’s delegation to the trial with National Legal Adviser, Barr. Joseph Ojobu and Chief Goddy Uwazurike.
Here is a picture of an ongoing protest in Rome for the freedom of Nnamdi Kanu;