Self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu/Photo: AFP

By Concise News correspondents

The Federal High Court in Abuja Tuesday barred journalists from covering the trial of self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

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A large number of security operatives were seen at the trial of the pro-Biafra leader, with officials of the court denying journalists as well as visitors entry.

A Channels Television report says close family members are given entry into the courtroom by security personnel. And no reason was given for this decision by the court.

But Concise News recalls that the court, in a previous hearing, said Kalu’s trial would be done behind the camera, a move the self-acclaimed IPOB leader protested against.

Kanu is standing trial on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to an unlawful society. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Kalu was nabbed in Lagos on 14 October, 2015. He has been in prison since then despite various court rulings ordering his release.