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Journalists were once again barred from entering the court room by security operatives who besieged the vicinity of Federal High Court, Abuja, venue of the resumed trial of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor , the lead Counsel has confirmed that his client is in court to face trial in the treasonable felony charges preferred against him by the Federal Government.
Kanu was ferried into the court premises under a heavy security convoy at exactly 8 am.
The IPOB leader is being prosecuted by the Federal Government on an amended seven-count charge bordering on allegations of terrorism, treason, money laundering, among others.
Meanwhile, no journalist has been allowed entrance into the courtroom as at the time of filing this report.
This is the second time in about three months, the Federal government will be barring journalists from covering the trial of the leader of the proscribed IPOB Nnamdi Kanu.
At the last adjourned date, there was altercation between the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and judiciary correspondents.
Journalists covering the courts got to the court as early as 6.00 am but were prevented from gaining access to cover the matter.
According to one of the DSS operatives, they are awaiting directives from the trial judge, Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako, on how many journalists should be allowed to go in and cover the proceeding.
One of the DSS operatives who addressed few journalists at the entrance of court 2, the courtroom where the proceedings is taking place said, “The instruction we have is that journalists should stay in their press centre from where they would be screened to go in to cover the proceedings after getting clearance from Justice Nyako, the trial judge.
While the trial was going on in the 5th floor, journalists were not allowed to move out of their press centre.
This is even as there was indications that Kanu will plead not guilty to seven-count amended charge