There is tension in Abuja, the nation’s capital, as the trial of extradited leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, resumes on Monday.
Mr Kanu, according to his younger brother, was intercepted in Kenya last month and brought back to the country to face charges of treasonable felony slammed against him by the federal government.
He fled the country in 2017 after soldiers invaded his Afaraukwu home in Abia State and killed scores in the process. The office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), TODAY POLITICS learnt, will file more charges against the seccessionist in court.
He is being detained at the custody of the State Security Service (SSS) from where he will be brought to court. His lawyer has filed application requesting he be transferred to Kuje correctional center to enable him access to proper medical attention.
Driving around the nation’s capital on Monday morning, especially routes leading to the federal high court, one could notice increased deployment of combined security agencies.
This might not be unconnected to moves aimed at deterring members of the seccessionist group who have vowed to attend the trial despite the warning from the Justice Minister barring them from being seen in and around the court premises.
Meanwhile, the court has accredited 10 journalists from the media to cover the trial, according to a circular dated July 23 and signed by the Chief Information Officer, Catherine Christopher.
The news outlets that will be allowed access are: Herald, NTA, NAN, Channels, AIT, The Nation, Premium Times, Daily Independent, ThisDay and TVC.