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Amnesty International Kicks At Restriction Of Press Presence At Kanu’s Trial


July 26, (THEWILL) – Amnesty International on Monday faulted Nigerian authorities for placing a restriction on the number of journalists to report the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

THEWILL reports that the Department of State Services (DSS) had restricted the media from the Federal High Court, Abuja, during the trial of Nnamdi Kanu.

The restriction, the DSS said, is part of security measures put in place by the management of the Federal High Court in Abuja and DSS to control crowds at the court premises.

Reacting to the development, Amnesty International, on Monday, said the move by Nigerian authorities violates Nigerians’ right to know.

In one of its verified social media accounts on Monday, it stated:“Amnesty International condemns Nigerian authorities’ restriction of the number of journalists that can report the trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, which started today in Abuja.

“Selecting few journalists to cover the trial is a restriction on access to information and an attempt to deny people the right to know. It also violates all fair hearing guarantees.

“We call on the Nigerian authorities to respect the right to fair hearing and immediately lift the restriction and allow the media unhindered access to the court to do their job. This is yet another bizarre and unacceptable attack on the Nigerian media that must not stand.”