The Federal High Court which is the venue of the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, witnessed a heavy security presence this morning in Abuja.
Recall that the IPOB leader's trial was abruptly suspended on December 13, after he and other defendants angrily challenged the court’s decision to allow the use of “protected” witnesses.
The judge, Binta Nyako, had ruled in December that witnesses would be allowed some degree of protection. “The counsels and the defendants will see the witnesses. The witnesses will have special entrances to and outside the court,” the judge had said.
The ruling was enforced on Tuesday, with screen-guards shielding the judge, defendant and witnesses from the rest of the court as the session is holding under tight security.
Premium Times reported that a large number of armed security officers comprising mainly of mobile police officers and operatives of the State Security Service, were seen gathered in front of the court on Tuesday, while court security personnel barred journalists from entering the building.
Some journalists were later allowed in after Kanu’s lawyer intervened.