Nnamdi Kanu Trial: Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra – IPOB, is on trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja today, July 26, 2021.
However, E-Nigeria Newspaper correspondent, as well as journalists from other news organizations such as Punch, Vangard, BBC, and others, have been prohibited from reporting the arraignment by DSS agents.
Nnamdi Kanu, who is set to be arraigned before Justice Mrs. Binta Nyako’s court today for the continuation of his trial, was apprehended in Kenya a few weeks ago as part of a joint Interpol and DSS security operation.
The DSS provided a list of accredited media outlets on Sunday, including NTA, NAN (News Agency of Nigeria), Channels, AIT, Nation, Premium Times Thisday, and a few more, to cover the trial of the proscribed group’s leader.
As at the time of reporting this article, journalists on the court grounds were being harassed by security personnel, who also took several of their phones and cameras.
Despite the fact that the seized phones and cameras have been restored, the operatives maintained that only accredited media houses will be allowed into the courtroom.
Meanwhile, the day is being disrupted by a torrential downpour, which has journalists scrambling for cover.
Nnamdi Kanu is being prosecuted by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, on allegations of terrorism, treasonable crime, unlawful firearms possession, and management of an unlawful society.
According to a statement from the Attorney General, Kanu will face new charges that will be added to his existing accusations.
Malami claimed that Kanu had committed a new offense since jumping bail in 2017, which would be added to his pending trial.
Nnamdi Kanu was apprehended in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria. He was remanded in the care of the Department of Social Services, where he was refused access to his family and legal counsel.
Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, wrote the Director-General of the DSS shortly after the detention, requesting a meeting with his client so that he and his team could prepare Kanu’s case.
As the situation develops, more information will be provided.