Additional particulars have turn out to be identified via the media homes and journalists who’re accredited to cowl the trial of the chief of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, which is scheduled for Monday, July 26, 2021.
A doc considered by SaharaReporters itemizing the ten media organizations and 10 journalists accredited to cowl the trial was signed by Catherine Oby Christopher, Chief Data Officer, Federal Supreme Court docket of Nigeria and dated July 23, 2021.
Accredited embrace Day by day Impartial (Paschal Njoku), Premium Instances (Ameh Ejekwonyilo), Thisday (Alex Enumah), The Nation (Eric Ikhilae), The Herald (Kayode Lawal) and Nigeria’s Information Company (Taiye Agbaje).
For broadcast media, the Nigerian Tv Authority (NTA-Vera Chiwuba), Channels Tv (Ella Daniels), Africa Impartial Tv (Wunmi Obabori) and TVC (Tina Iria) are listed.
The Nigerian authorities, via the Division of State Providers (DSS) and the Abuja Federal Supreme Court docket, accredited the ten media organizations to report on the trial.
The memo, titled “Media Accreditation for Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial,” states: “Discover under the journalists who shall be granted entry to the courthouses for the above trial.”
One cameraman is allowed for every of the 4 broadcasters.
Kanu, who was arrested once more underneath controversial circumstances in far-off Kenya, is being tried by choose Binta Nyako by the Federal Court docket of Justice in Abuja for, amongst different issues, terrorism, excessive treason and unlawful possession of weapons.
As well as, the listening to on the enforcement of the basic rights lawsuit of the 5 activists arrested by DSS brokers on July 4th on the Dunamis Worldwide Gospel Heart (Glory Dome) will happen earlier than Choose Obiora Egwuatu.
The trial choose had ordered the DSS on July twenty sixth to deliver the activists to courtroom whereas he was ruling on the ex parte movement of their legal professional Pelumi Olajengbesi.
SaharaReporters reported how DSS brokers blocked all roads resulting in the courtroom on Sunday and prevented the motion of individuals and automobiles within the space.
In the meantime, human rights activist Omoyele Sowore has described the DSS’s motion to censure and prohibit media protection of the trial as an affront and a criminal offense in opposition to freedom of the press, including that the DSS has no proper to accredit journalists reporting on the trial.
He defined this in a submit on his Twitter deal with and Fb web page: “DSS has no proper to accredit journalists reporting on # FreeDunamis5 #FreeNnamdiKanuNow. Lawless DSS solely ‘accredited’ 10 media homes to cowl the method of @MaziNnamdiKanu a criminal offense in opposition to #freepress for any unbiased information supply to use to DSS for accreditation. That is extremely reprehensible and embarrassing! #BuhariMustGo #RevolutionNow.
“These media homes should withdraw from this sabotage of the free press. The DSS has no proper to take part within the accreditation of media homes to report on a public case earlier than a federal courtroom in Nigeria. The judiciary needs to be ashamed that its independence is in danger.