Journalists Barred From Covering Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial

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A court in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, has barred reporters from covering the trial of the self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, Channels reports.

There is huge presence of security personnel at the trial of the pro-Biafra leader taking place at the Federal High Court, with the officials denying journalists and visitors entry.

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Only close family members are allowed into the court by security operatives. No reason was given by the court for this decision. The officers working for the court however, said they had orders not to let journalists in, except those with Federal High Court tags.

It was later learned that some journalists were later allowed in after Mr. Kanu’s lawyer intervened.

Nnamdi Kanu protested against a court ruling on Tuesday, December 14, by Justice Binta Nyako, who permitted the government to shield identities of witnesses billed to testify against him at the secret trial.

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Kanu who was arraigned in court at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, fumed in anger over the Judge’s decision not to allow both the defendants and their counsel to see the witnesses who would testify against them as they would enter and exit the courtroom through a secret door.

The director of Radio Biafra decried that it was against the tenets of Justice and fair hearing.

Mr. Kanu is standing trial on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to an unlawful society. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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He was arrested in Lagos on 14 October, 2015 and has been held in prison since then despite various court orders that ruled for his release.

Members of the IPOB in the South-east have also held series of protests, demanding his release.

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