The Nigerian Government via the Department of State Services (DSS) has accredited solely ten media organisations for the protection of the trial of the chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) slated for Monday, July twenty sixth.
Kanu, who was re-arrested in controversial circumstances in faraway Kenya, shall be going through expenses bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of arms, amongst others, earlier than Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
DSS, which has stored Kanu in its custody, restricted the variety of media organisations to cowl the trial to 10, to restrict its protection.
Those accredited embody Daily Post, Premium Times, Thisday, The Nation, The Herald, and Daily Independent newspapers whereas the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) is main the published aspect.
Other broadcast media are Channels Television, Africa Independent Television, and TVC.
Also, the listening to of enforcement of basic 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 decide had ordered the DSS to supply the activists in court docket 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 court docket and prevented human and vehicular actions within the space.
Meanwhile a 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 protecting 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.
#FreeDunamis5 #FreeNnamdiKanuNow Lawless DSS had âaccreditedâ only 10 media houses to cover @MaziNnamdiKanu 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! pic.twitter.com/XFnt7VnGXF
— Omoyele Sowore (@YeleSowore) July 25, 2021
“These media homes should withdraw from this sabotage of free press. The DSS has no proper to interact 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 fully by the chief.”