More particulars have emerged of the media homes and journalists accredited for the protection of the trial of the chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu slated for Monday, July 26, 2021.
A doc seen by SaharaReporters which lists the ten media organisations and 10 journalists accredited for the protection of the trial, was signed by Catherine Oby Christopher, Chief Information Officer, Federal High Court of Nigeria, and dated July 23, 2021.
Those accredited embody 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).
Nigerian Government by the Department of State Services (DSS) and Federal High Court, Abuja accredited the ten media organisations for the protection of the trial.
The memo titled ‘Media Accreditation For Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial’ says “Find below the journalists that will be allowed entrance to the court’s premises for the above-mentioned trial.”
The 4 broadcasting stations are allowed one cameraman every.
Kanu, who was re-arrested in controversial circumstances in faraway Kenya, will probably be going through costs bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of arms, amongst others, earlier than Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Also, the listening to of enforcement of elementary rights swimsuit filed by the 5 activists arrested at Dunamis International Gospel Centre (Glory Dome) by DSS operatives on July 4 will come up earlier than Justice Obiora Egwuatu.
The trial choose had ordered the DSS to provide the activists in courtroom on July twenty sixth whereas ruling on the ex parte movement filed by their lawyer, Pelumi Olajengbesi.
SaharaReporters had reported how DSS operatives on Sunday blocked all of the roads resulting in the courtroom and prevented human and vehicular actions within the space.
Meanwhile, human rights activist Omoyele Sowore has described the motion of DSS to censor and restrict the media protection of the trial as an affront and crime on the press freedom, including that the DSS has no proper to accredit journalists overlaying the trial.
He said this in a put up on his Twitter deal with and Facebook web page: “DSS has no right to accredit journalists covering #FreeDunamis5 #FreeNnamdiKanuNow. Lawless DSS has ‘accredited’ only 10 media houses to cover @MaziNnamdiKanu’s trial, it will be a shame and a crime against #freepress for any independent news source to apply to DSS for accreditation. This is highly condemnable and embarrassing! #BuhariMustGo #RevolutionNow.
“These media homes should withdraw from this sabotage of free press. The DSS has no proper to have interaction within the accreditation of media homes to cowl a public trial in a Federal High Court in Nigeria. The judiciary ought to be ashamed that its independence has been compromised utterly by the chief.”