FAMILY WRITERS COURT UPDATE: JUDGE BLASTS DSS OVER SUPPRESSION OF JOURNALISTS COVERING KANU’S TRIAL
Hon. Justice Binta Nyako has reacted swiftly to the complaint put forward by the counsel representing Nnamdi Kanu over the continuous intimidation and suppression of journalists who are present to cover the court proceedings of the trial of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu and his co-defendants.
After the introduction of the counsels, Hon. Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor rose and queried why despite court ruling on January 3, 2017, overruling secret trial and permitting journalists to cover the court proceedings, the security agents have however continued with their high handed approach by refusing entrance to the journalists and confiscating media equipment in the process.
“My lord, on January 3, 2017, you gave an order that journalists should be allowed inside the court, but the DSS and other security agents stopped them,” Barrister Ejiofor lamented.
The prosecuting counsel, S. I Labaran objected and told the court that the security officials are merely “carrying out their duties”.
The presiding judge, Binta Nyako however informed both counsels that her previous rulings on easy passage of journalists’ remains unchanged, and noted that she is monitoring the actions of the security agents and will intervene at the appropriate time.
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