Reporters, lawyers and other observers have been barred from covering the trial of detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Naija News gathered that journalists who had arrived at the court premises as early as 6am, were denied access to the courtroom by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS
It was learned that reporters from print and broadcast stations were turned back by hooded DSS officers and other security agents who barricaded all routes leading to the court.
Justice Binta Nyako had postponed Kanu’s case to today for further hearing after rejecting his plea to be transferred from the custody of the Department of State Service, DSS, to Kuje correctional facility.
The IPOB leader is facing a seven-count charge bordering on terrorism, treason and others, preferred against him by the Federal Government.
Recall that the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami had in a press conference accused Nnamdi Kanu of killing Dr Chike Akinyuli and former presidential aide, Ahmed Gulak.
The AGF also accused the Kanu-led IPOB of attacking 164 police stations and killing 175 security operatives across the country, stating that a Presidential Ad-hoc Committee which was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate activities of the IPOB came up with the figures.
He noted that 175 security personnel killed comprised of 128 Policemen, 37 military personnel and 10 other security operatives.
The minister alleged that Kanu’s broadcasts fuelled the #EndSARS protests that led to the destruction of public facilities, including the attack on the Oba of Lagos.
Malami said Kanu is not alone in his operations but has been receiving help from some individuals, countries and organizations sympathetic to his cause.