Tight security as Nnamdi Kanu’s trial begins in Abuja

The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been brought to The Federal High Court, Abuja by officials of the Department of State Security (DSS) for his trial.

He was brought into the courtroom amid heavy security with journalists denied access to film or take pictures of him.

Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel to the Kanu confirmed to journalists that his client is in court to face his trial, sending pictures of them together in the courtroom.

Kanu was brought into the court premises under a heavy security convoy at exactly 8:00 am.

As at the time of compiling this report, no journalist has been allowed entrance into the courtroom.

DSS officials had earlier set up a barricade at the entrance of the Federal High Court where the case is to be heard and they prevented reporters and officials from gaining entry, resulting in angry scenes and arguments.

This comes three days after the Federal Government filed seven amended charges bordering on treasonable felony and acts of terrorism against him.

The trial Judge Justice Binta Nyako had adjourned proceedings till today due to Kanu’s absence in court on Monday, insisting the trial will not go on in his absence.

More to follow…