The detained self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has pleaded not guilty to the seven-count amended charge preferred against him by the Federal Government.
Kanu, who was re-arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja said he was innocent of all the allegations leveled against him by the Federal Government after the charge was read to him in the open court.
His re-arraignment came on a day the Department of State Services (DSS), blatantly refused to allow even a single journalist inside the courtroom.
Heavily armed security personnel had denied journalists, lawyers, and supporters of the IPOB leader access to the courtroom where the trial is going on.
The security personnel, including DSS operatives, insisted that 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 a briefing on what happened,” one of the operatives told journalists who were pleading to be allowed into the courtroom.
Meanwhile, a source inside the courtroom, hinted that the embattled IPOB leader pleaded not guilty to the amended charge.