Nnamdi Kanu trial: Journalists protest DSS gagging of press from covering court proceedings

DSS has no right to accredit journalists covering #FreeDunamis5 #FreeNnamdiKanuNow  Lawless DSS had “accredited” only 10 media houses to cover @MaziNnamdiKanu’s  trial.

It will be a shame and a crime against #freepress for any independent news source to apply to DSS for accreditation,an aggrieved active member of  National Association of Judiciary Correspondents , NAJUC, wrote. 

DG ,DSS Mr.Yusuf Magaji Bichi.

“This is highly condemnable and embarrassing! #BuhariMustGo #RevolutionNow

“These media houses must withdraw from these sabotage of free press. The DSS has no right to engage in the accreditation of media houses to cover a public trial in a federal high court in Nigeria.

CJ , FHC Justice John Tsoho

 “The judiciary should be ashamed that its independence has been compromised completely by the executive.
NTA Network News, Daily Post Nigeria, TVC NEWS NIGERIA, AIT Online, thisdaylive.com, Channels Television, @dailyindependentng  the selected few.

While one of those accredited narrated her experiences thus.
“It has been from one security check to another as lawyers, litigants and journalists tried to gain access into the federal high court Abuja, where the trial of the proscribed leader IPOB is expected to resumed.

“At the main entrance to the federal high court only selected journalists were allowed into the court premises as operatives of the DSS say they are working with a list.

“Getting to the entrance of the court room, journalists and lawyers were also denied access by the operatives who also demanded for a list.

“The media has described this act by the DSS as an infringement of their rights and an attempt to stifle free speech and gag them.

Operatives of DSS

Few lawyers and journalists have eventually gained access into the court room awaiting the arrival of the trial Court judge, Binta Nyako, former governor of Anambra state Chukwuemeka Ezeife is also in court, but the defendant Nnamdi Kanu is yet to arrive.

We have been asked not to capture the arrival of Nnamdi DSS operatives have  blocked every avenue to make sure we don’t, Nnamdi will be brought into the courtroom through the exist used by judges.