In compliance with a contentious Practice Directions issued on Thursday by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, John Tsoho, journalists covering the treasonable felony charges against Nnamdi Kanu were stopped from covering the proceedings.
The journalists from both national and international media organizations were locked out of the courtroom on the alleged order of Justice Binta Nyako.
Though they were cleared by the operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, to access the courtroom, the entrance door was firmly locked against them without any explanation.
All efforts by the security operatives to get the door opened were abortive following an order that the media practitioners be excluded from witnessing or reporting the proceedings.
Although Justice Nyako was billed to deliver a ruling on an objection by Kanu against the 15-count charges by 12 noon, the door to the courtroom was locked around 11 am when the accredited media men had assembled by the door on the 5th floor of the court.
The Chief Judge had in the Practice Directions he issued in less than 24 hours to the resumption of Kanu’s trial announced that terrorism-related charges shall henceforth be conducted in camera.
Justice Tsoho further threatened that any report on a terrorism trial without prior approval shall attract punishment.
The contentious Practice Directions made public by the Chief Information of the Court, Catherine Christopher had since drawn wide condemnations from the general public who described the law as oppressive, a violation of Nigeria’s Constitutional provisions and a revival of the colonial laws.