Security is massing at the Federal High Court, Abuja, where the trial of Nnamdi Kanu is to commence later today amidst limited media coverage.
Kanu is the leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, a separatist group calling Biafra’s secession from Nigeria.
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Security agents have reportedly shortlisted only 10 news outlets to cover the trial in court.
This comes despite the court being a public institution.
A list seen by Daily Trust shows only 10 reporters and four cameramen from 10 news outlets.
A Daily Trust correspondent arriving at the court as early as 6:45am on Monday morning was turned back by security agents.
“On reaching the high court, I was turned back by security agents who told me that my name is not among approved journalists to cover the case,” the correspondent says.
“Right now, I am hanging around high court vicinity to observe as events unfold.”
Kanu had appealed to a Federal High Court in Abuja to transfer him to Kuje prison in Abuja.
Kanu, who was rearrested abroad and flown back to the country last month is currently in custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Upon his return to the country, Justice Binta Nyako, who had granted him bail on health grounds before he fled in 2017, had ordered that he should be kept in DSS’ custody until July 26.
His trial has prompted the gathering of supporters outside the court.
They have been telling broadcasters they are present to offer solidarity to Kanu during his trial and hoped for his eventual freedom.
But police dispersed them shortly afterwards.