Extra particulars have emerged of the media homes and journalists accredited for the protection of the trial of the chief of the Indigenous Folks 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 Data Officer, Federal Excessive Court docket of Nigeria, and dated July 23, 2021.
These accredited embody Day by day Unbiased (Paschal Njoku), Premium Instances (Ameh Ejekwonyilo), Thisday (Alex Enumah), The Nation (Eric Ikhilae), The Herald (Kayode Lawal), and the Information Company of Nigeria (Taiye Agbaje).
For broadcast media, listed are the Nigerian Tv Authority (NTA-Vera Chiwuba), Channels Tv (Ella Daniels), Africa Unbiased Tv (Wunmi Obabori), and TVC (Tina Iria).
Nigerian Authorities by the Division of State Providers (DSS) and Federal Excessive Court docket, Abuja accredited the ten media organisations for the protection of the trial.
The memo titled ‘Media Accreditation For Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial’ says “Discover under the journalists that shall be allowed entrance to the courtroom’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, shall be going through prices bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, unlawful possession of arms, amongst others, earlier than Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja.
Additionally, the listening to of enforcement of elementary rights swimsuit filed by the 5 activists arrested at Dunamis Worldwide 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.
In the meantime, 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 acknowledged this in a publish on his Twitter deal with and Fb web page: “DSS has no proper to accredit journalists overlaying #FreeDunamis5 #FreeNnamdiKanuNow. Lawless DSS has ‘accredited’ solely 10 media homes to cowl @MaziNnamdiKanu’s trial, it will likely be a disgrace and a criminal offense in opposition to #freepress for any unbiased information supply to use to DSS for accreditation. That is extremely 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 Excessive Court docket in Nigeria. The judiciary needs to be ashamed that its independence has been compromised fully by the chief.”