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Kanu in court, pleads not guilty to amended charge

Sowore brutalized by thugs, some journalists barred from coverage

Detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has pleaded not guilty to the seven-count amended charge the Federal Government preferred against him.

Kanu was ferried into the court premises under heavy security convoy at exactly 8.00am.

Meanwhile, an activist and convener, Revolution Now, Omoyele Sowore was harassed by a group of thugs who rained blows on him. The unknown thugs who came to the court vicinity in a convoy of three cars descended on Sowore while security personnel that comprises the police and DSS officers watched. The police later arrested some of the thugs while others fled. It is now however clear if they were sponsored.

Meanwhile, Kanu, who was docked before trial Justice Binta Nyako, said he was innocent of all the allegations FG levelled against him, after the charge was read to him in the open court.

His re-arraingment came on the day the Department of State Services, DSS, refused to allow even a single journalist inside the courtroom despite repeated assurance from the directorate..

Though this reporter and six other Journalists were initially cleared at the main gate of the court to enter the premises, upon his arrival at the door leading to the courtroom, arm-wielding operatives of the secret service denied him entry.

The operatives insisted their action was based on “order from above”.

They made it clear that no Journalist would be allowed to enter the courtroom till the end of the proceedings.

“You people can go to your press center and wait till the end of the matter, after then, you will receive briefing on what happened”, one of the hooded operatives stated.

Meanwhile, a source inside the courtroom, notified newsmen that the embattled IPOB leader took his fresh to the amended charge at about 10:45am.

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