ABUJA — Nigeria’s Department of State Services has banned international and other media from covering the trial of Biafran pro-independence leader, Nnamdi Kanu, in court.
A statement signed by Chief Information Officer, Catherine Oby Christopher noted that the DSS has only accredited 10 Nigerian media organizations, namely: ThisDay, Premium Times, The Nation, Daily Independent, The Herald, National Television Authority , Continental Television, African Independent Television, Daily Post and Channels Television.
No reason was given by authorities who refused to comment on the sudden violation of press freedom and citizens’ rights to monitor a trial.
Nnamdi Kanu, human rights activist is currently being held in the Nigeria’s Department of State Services detention center in Abuja after being seized in Kenya and illegally repatriated to the country.
The separatist leader who had fled to Israel in 2017 when his home was raided by soldiers who killed many civilians in an attempt to assassinate him, faces charges of treason and other unfounded crimes, for calling for a referendum on the independent state of Biafra in the east of the country.
Many anxiously await his trial to resume in court Today July 26, 2021.
Nigerian bandits attack military base in Zamfara, kill 12 officers
Twelve officers were killed and three wounded over the weekend when Fulani gunmen attacked a military base in Mutumji, in the Dansadau local government area of Zamfara state.
Nine members of the air force, two police officers and a personnel of the Nigerian army are the victims of the latest attack.
The bandits took away weapons and set the military base on fire, military sources said.
Meanwhile, a source at Defense Headquarters said there was a complete shutdown of GSM communications in the area, adding that operations were underway to calm down.
Lawless Nigerian DSS denies U.S lawyer access to Nnamdi Kanu
The Nigerian lawless Department of State Services (DSS has denied United States’ Bruce Fein and other lawyers access to Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
Bruce Fein, a U.S. lawyer, arrived in Abuja on Thursday but was denied access to the Biafran pro-independence leader, said Ifeanyi Ejiofor — Kanu’s legal counsel.
“Yesterday’s Court ordered visit to Our Client- Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was aborted by the officials of the State Security Services on a reason we find extremely ridiculous. Following the arrival of Mr. Bruce Fein, a foremost American trained Constitutional Law Lawyer and IPOB’s Attorney in the United States of America, the game obviously took an interesting twist,” said Ejiofor in a statement issued on Friday.
“Despite our formal notification to the Service, in line with the existing protocol, and in compliance with the Court-Ordered guideline, the officials of the Department of State Security Services came up with an excuse, “that the person assigned to receive us during yesterday’s visit was on A SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT”, and as such, the visit cannot be conducted. This is not only ridiculous but a clear violation of the Court Order on guideline for visiting our Client- Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“For the records, we have been consistently visiting Our Client on the specified days and time of the week, and there hasn’t been any time we were denied access to him on the ground that an individual assigned to receive us was not available.
Needless to mention, that no one individual has been specifically assigned to receive us on any of the visits. They are fully aware that the visit takes place every Monday and Thursday.
“Thankfully, we have another date for Monday, and we do hope that this individual will be available on Monday to receive us, whilst we have taken steps to formally bring this latest infraction to the attention of the Court.
“We will continue to update you all, while we continue to urge for your relentless prayers and understanding. We are winning, you can be assured.”
Since 2015, after President Muhammadu Buhari took power as Nigeria’s president, the DSS has been seen disobeying several orders issued by the country’s courts.
Kanu is being detained by the DSS since June 2021 after being seized in Kenya and illegally repatriated to Nigeria.
The government accuses him of treason and other baseless crimes for calling for a referendum on an independent state known as Biafra in the east of the country.
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They were arrested during a meeting at Mallam Junction in Accra, said a source who revealed that everyone at the scene had been arrested.
Police have yet to release any statement confirming the incident and reason for the arrest.
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