Journalists Barred From Covering Alleged Boko-haram Members’ Trial

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Journalists Barred From Covering Alleged Boko-haram Members’ Trial 


The
journalists, who were at the Lagos Federal High Court, yesterday, to
cover the arraignment of the alleged 17 members of Boko Haram were
greeted with humiliation and threat from men of the Department of State
Services, DSS, that escorted the accused persons.

The journalists
were sent out of the courtroom by the armed security operatives and one
of them threatened to arrest the journalists if they resist.

A
senior DSS officer told newsmen that the directive to keep them away
from the arraignment of the suspected Boko Haram members was from the
Presidency.

Other litigants were equally barred from the
courtroom. When the Boko Haram case was called, some lawyers were
implored to leave the court, this, it was gathered, was due to the small
size of the courtroom.

However, the arraignment of the suspected
Boko Haram members, which had suffered two adjournments on October 2
and 9, due to lack of interpreter and the absence of the trial judge,
respectively, could not go on yesterday.

This was beacause the
first to fifth accused persons namely (Ali Mohammed, Adamu Karumi,
Ibrahim Usman, Bala Haruna, Idris Ali) did not have legal
representation.

Presiding judge, Musa Kurya, adjourned the matter till November 27, for the arraignment of the accused persons.

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