The Department of State Services, DSS and personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, NPF have once again displayed their power by harassing and pursuing journalists who gathered at the Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja for coverage of the court proceedings of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
According to the PUNCH, security operatives have consistently harassed and chased journalists, preventing them from reporting Nnamdi Kanu’s proceedings in the past.
Senior Nigerian lawyers like Mike Ozekhome, the Nigerian Bar Association, and socio-cultural organizations like the Ohaneze and Afenifere have also blamed the operatives for interfering with journalists’ civic rights.
In same vein, the court has adjourned further proceedings in the case against the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, till Wednesday.
The adjournment followed Kanu’s complain that the Federal Government failed to promptly serve him the fresh 15-count amended charge it brought before the court.
Kanu, through his team of lawyers led by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Mike Ozekhome, further accused FG of denying him the necessary facility to defend the charge against him.
Ozekhome, SAN, told the court that the amended charge was served on them, barely 24 hours to the scheduled hearing.
“My lord, the proposed amended charge was served us yesterday evening. As I speak to you my lord, the Defendant who was just brought in, has not even seen the charge which he is being told to enter his plea.
“With due respect, that is not Justice. It is ambushing. I know that the Administration if Criminal Justice Act, ACJA, allows them to amend, but this is the 6th amendment they are making, and each time they do it, they serve us a day to the hearing, just to frustrate the trial”, Ozekhome added.
On his part, the prosecution team, led by Mr. Mohammed Labaran from the Federal Ministry of Justice, said he was not opposed to the court granting a short adjournment to enable the defence lawyers to study the charge.
Meanwhile, before adjourning the case till Wednesday, trial Justice Binta Nyako, ordered the Department of State Services, DSS, to allow Kanu to have a change of cloth.
“I don’t want to see him in this cloth again. This one is almost off-white. Also make sure that you allow him to exercise”, Justice Nyako added.