The Nigerian Bar Association, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and prominent Nigerians have taken a swipe at security agents for barring lawyers, journalists and Igbo leaders from the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Spokesman of the NBA, Mr. Raphulu Nduka; the pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and senior lawyers, said harassment of lawyers, and journalists at the trial is undemocratic.
Mr. Kanu, who is facing treasonable felony and terrorism charges, was yesterday brought to the Federal High Court, Abuja amid tight security.
There were indications, as early as 4 O’clock in the morning that Mr. Kanu would be brought to court as security agents consisting of the police, soldiers and Department of State Services operatives were deployed around the premises.
They blocked roads leading to the court and nearby streets including Shehu Shagari Way which leads to Transcorp Hilton Hotel.
Journalists, lawyers and staff of the court who started arriving at the court were barred by the security agents, who said they were acting on the order of the presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako.
This was the second time in three months that journalists are denied access to cover the trial.
News by: Cyril Addy