The Federal Government has accredited 10 media houses and journalists for the coverage of the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu slated for Monday.
The accreditation for the coverage of the trial, was approved by Catherine Oby Christopher, Chief Information Officer, Federal High Court of Nigeria, and dated July 23, 2021.
Those accredited include Daily Independent (Paschal Njoku), Premium Times (Ameh Ejekwonyilo), Thisday (Alex Enumah), The Nation (Eric Ikhilae), The Herald (Kayode Lawal), and the News Agency of Nigeria (Taiye Agbaje).
For broadcast media, listed are the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA-Vera Chiwuba), Channels Television (Ella Daniels), Africa Independent Television (Wunmi Obabori), and TVC (Tina Iria).
The Federal Government through the Department of State Services (DSS) and Federal High Court, Abuja accredited the 10 media organisations for the coverage of the trial.
The memo titled ‘Media Accreditation For Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial’ said: “Find below the journalists that will be allowed entrance to the court’s premises for the above-mentioned trial.”
The four broadcasting stations are allowed one cameraman each.
Kanu, who was re-arrested in controversial circumstances in faraway Kenya, will be facing charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, illegal possession of arms, among others, before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Also, the hearing of enforcement of fundamental rights suit filed by the five activists arrested at Dunamis International Gospel Centre (Glory Dome) by DSS operatives on July 4 will come up before Justice Obiora Egwuatu.
The trial judge had ordered the DSS to produce the activists in court on July 26th while ruling on the ex parte motion filed by their lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi.
DSS operatives on Sunday blocked all the roads leading to the court and prevented human and vehicular movements in the area.