Lawyer Sues Lawless Department Of State Services, Chief Judge For Barring Journalists During Nnamdi Kanu's Trial | Sahara Reporters
The plaintiff filed the suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja, the same court Kanu is being prosecuted on charges of treasonable felony and terrorism.
Oct 23, 2021A human rights lawyer, Tope Temokun, has filed a lawsuit against the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), the Inspector-General of Police, as well as the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, for their roles in restricting journalists from covering the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The charges, according to the prosecution, arose from Kanu’s separatist agitations for a Republic of Biafra constituted by Igbo-dominated South-eastern part of Nigeria.According to Premium Times, Temokun cited in his suit, which he said was instituted in defence of press freedom, how only a handful of journalists were accredited, on July 23, to cover the July 26 proceedings in Kanu’s trial while many unaccredited ones were barred from accessing the courtroom.
Since Kanu’s first court appearance in June after he fled the country in September 2017, the court management and security operatives have been restricting media coverage of the case that attracts local and international interests.Temokun noted in his suit that the circular dated July 23, 2021 titled ‘MEDIA ACCREDITATION FOR NNAMDI KANU’S TRIAL’ which allowed some selected journalists to enter the court’s premises and denied others not selected entry amounts to “a breach of the rights to freedoms of expression and the press guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights." headtopics.com
He also argued that, “the act of the officers and/or operatives” of the SSS and the police of cordoning off or barricading the access routes to the entrances of the Federal High Court in Abuja on July 26 and allowed journalists whose names were contained in the July 23 circular amounts a breach of the right to freedom from discrimination.
In a ridiculous repeat of the media restrictions, SSS operatives, complemented by the Nigeria Police Force and the Nigerian Army, on Thursday, barricaded adjoining streets to the Federal High Court in Abuja, the venue of the trial, turning journalists and lawyers away from the surroundings of the court premises.
Announcing the suit which he filed on October 18 in a statement on Friday, Temokun said the indiscriminate harassment and assault of journalists and lawyers was a violation of their constitutionally guaranteed rights.“Denying journalists access to the courts is an indictment on any democracy because in true democracy, press freedom comes first,” Temokun said.
The lawyer said it had become necessary to challenge “this new regime of repression enjoying judicial support."“I have resolved to challenge this circular and have filed an action in the Federal High Court Abuja today in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/1272/2021, subjecting the legality of this repressive document to scrutiny,” Temokun said. headtopics.com
The barrister added that security agencies had relied on the journalists’ accreditation circular that was issued by the Federal High Court, to molest and threaten journalists and members of the public, including Omoyele Sowore, human rights’ activist.
Temokun implored the court to issue an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants or through their representatives, agents or privies, or anybody or anyone acting under the authority of the defendants from giving any or further effect to the circular.
Temokun also urged the court to issue an order of perpetual injunction restraining security operatives of the DSS and the police “from further restricting and/or preventing media houses and journalists from entering court’s premises” based on a circular.Read more: Sahara Reporters »
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If I be DSS, I would have given up. Wetin be this?! Yes 💯% correct the criminal DSS immoral behaviour is out of hand. N!ggas think a court is a circus. Case is already dead on arrival. And to be presided by bandits in d bandits courtroom using d bandits case file. Tell me what has happened to endsars case? Waste of time
flamboyantflora Every department of this country is lawless even the lawyers. I'm tayad Very good , three arms of government , one sat on others , what a rubbish . Brr just forget no be these regime again nothing go come out at all.... If this zoo country of a thing is really a country and not a zoo imagine police stopping a lawyer from entering a court, all this rubbish only happens in the zoo.....
You sue them but they still do these things.
Nnamdi Kanu: Lawyer sues SSS, police, Chief Judge, for barring journalists from court'Denying journalists access to the courts is an indictment on any democracy because in true democracy, press freedom comes first,' Mr Temokun said. Taken any govt agency to court in this adminstration is waste of time... They don't respect nor obey court orders. They just do as they wish Infact the judiciary is as good as nothing in this adminstration, it's more like a waste of time Journalists in a court of law is a privilege, not a right. The presiding judge is the only one who has the powers to decide whether to admit or not to admit. The oppression are done and commanded only by fulani people,that is why all the top military officers are fulani.
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Desist from backing Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB, Nigerian govt warns foreign nationsThe AGF, Abubakar Malami, said some “friendly countries” have recognised the status of IPOB as a terrorist organisation.... They should leave him and back who? Them? If stupidity is a person it will definitely be Nigerian Government. Perceive repressive actions will always attract local and international support or favour. Tell Nigerian government to rest.
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FOR THE RECORD: AGF’s address on investigations on Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday IgbohoThe Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, gave updates on the report of a 24-man presidential ad hoc... United Arab Emirates gave names of Nigerian Boko Haram sponsors and not was done. Uneducated and quota system AGF. What has he got to offer? Lmaooo, Malami please! What is IPOB’s own with Oba of Lagos 🤣🤣🤣. Say another thing abeg