By Chioma Iruke
There is tight security around the premises of the Federal High Court Abuja, leading up to the trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu today.
As at nightfall yesterday, all routes leading to the Central Area in Abuja had been cordoned off by men in uniform.
On Monday morning, Journalists at the entrance of the court were barred by officers of the Department of State Service (DSS) from entering the court, on the grounds that they were not accredited to cover the trial.
A memo from the court dated July 23, had instructed that only 10 media houses were accredited to cover the proceedings, a directive which have been received as an attempt by the current administration to further gag the media.
Recall, the separatist leader was arrested in June 2021in Kenya.
Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him at the court in response to years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.
He had been granted bail in April 2017 but jumped bail.
After his re-arrest in June 2021, he was arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako, of the Federal High Court in Abuja.