The Department of State Security Services, DSS, has accredited the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, and 9 others only, for the July 26, coverage of the trial of the Leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, in the terrorism and treasonable felony charges brought against him by the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government,
Other Media Houses accredited alongside NTA for the trial coverage are Premium Times, Thisday, The Nation, The Herald, Daily Post, Channels Television, Africa Independent Television, AIT, and Television Continental, TVC.
The restriction of Media Houses into the Courtroom, is part of the Security measures put in place by the Management of the Federal High Court in Abuja, and the DSS, to control the crowd at the Court premises.
Sources disclosed that adequate security measures have been put in place by various Security Agencies to ward off possible breakdown of order, or unruly behavior from any quarter during the trial.
It was further learnt that the Security Operatives, apparently learning from past experiences, have resolved to block all roads leading to the Court, to prevent vehicular movement, while thorough checking of staff of the court and visitors will be undertaken.
Justice Binta Nyako is expected to preside over the trial, while a Senior Lawyer from the Federal Ministry of Justice, Shuaib Labaran, will lead the Prosecution team for the government.
Also, about 10 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs, have been assembled by the family members and well wishers of Kanu, to provide adequate defence for him.
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