Journalists and lawyers are having a hell of a time gaining entry into the Federal Excessive Court in Abuja where the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) is to clutch place on the present time, Thursday.
Mr Kanu is being tried on costs of treasonable legal concerning his separatist actions. The trial is scheduled to resume sooner than Binta Nyako, the trial capture, on Thursday.
The separatist, who was once granted bail in April 2017, fled the country after the invasion of his dwelling in Afara-Ukwu, terminate to Umuahia, Abia Sigh, by the military in September that one year, a challenge one among Mr Kanu’s lawyers, Alloy Ejimakor, described as the “rule of self-preservation.”
Mr Kanu is expected to clutch a up to date plea on the present time on a seven-rely amended payment.
On the highway linking the court docket with the Federal Ministry of Justice at Maitama, there are three layers of security tests closely manned by hooded SSS operatives, complemented by armed police personnel.
Businesses, especially inns round the court docket’s precincts are locked up as crew are being grew to change into away by security agents.
Our reporter seen enraged lawyers take the notion agents in a shouting match.
A number of the lawyers were frisked sooner than they were granted win admission to into the court docket premises, whereas a majority of them, whose conditions were scheduled for Thursday, sooner than other judges of the court docket, were grew to change into away.
“My case is to advance up sooner than Justice Ahmed Mohammed, but I in actuality were refused win admission to,” a distraught authorized expert, who didn’t desire his title mentioned, told this reporter.
Workers of the Federal Excessive Court, Abuja, weren’t spared the difficulty of having access to their locations of work as they were subjected to trekking about 50 metres to the court docket.
There are over over 200 armed security operatives with water cannons and operational autos.
Human and vehicular web page visitors was once diverted from the adjoining streets of the court docket.
At 8: 22 a.m., a convoy of SSS operatives, in a commando-model drove into the court docket via the capture’s entrance.
The convoy was once suspected to be conveying the IPOB leader.
Quickly after, a tinted SUV with a diplomatic car number plate, drove into the court docket.
This could presumably effectively be people of the diplomatic corps whom Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Mr Kanu’s lead authorized expert referred to at a pre-trial press convention on Wednesday in Abuja.
Mr Ejiofor had acknowledged people of the enviornment neighborhood would learn Thursday’s proceedings in Abuja.
Mr Ejiofor had equally appealed to the SSS to permit journalists and lawyers to wait on Mr Kanu’s trial on Thursday, but that entreaty seems to have fallen on deaf ears.
“The show camouflage of disgrace overtly demonstrated by the overzealous security agents on July 26, 2021, ought to tranquil never repeat itself,” Mr Ejiofor had acknowledged on Wednesday.
On the closing proceedings when journalists and lawyers were manhandled, Mr Kanu who is being held by Sigh Security Provider (SSS), was once no longer introduced to court docket, a model that was once blamed on “logistical factors” by the prosecuting authorized expert, Mohammed Abubakar.
There won’t be glowing path – Ohaneze Ndigbo
The Ohaneze Ndigbo has acknowledged there is perchance no longer glowing trial of Mr Kanu.
Ralph Uwazurike, a authorized expert, who was once detailed to glimpse fast on behalf of Ohaneze, acknowledged the standpoint of the Nigerian security operatives on the court docket premises on Thursday, showed that the IPOB leader would no longer win a glowing listening to.
“It’s now sure that Nnamdi Kanu will no longer win glowing trial,” Mr Uwazurike told journalists on Thursday on the court docket premises.
The atmosphere on the court docket is demanding.
At 9: 10 a.m., Chukwuemeka Ezeife, a consultant of Ohaneze Ndigbo, a socio-cultural community from South-east Nigeria, arrived the court docket premises.
Mr Ezeife, who was once governor of Anambra Sigh, was once no longer allowed win admission to to the court docket.
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