Journalists present at the Lagos Federal High Court on Thursday were barred by security operatives from the Department of State Services, DSS, from covering the arraignment of the 17 suspected members of the Boko Haram religious sect brought to Court.
Sources reported that the journalists were sent out of the courtroom by the armed security operatives and one of them threatened to arrest the journalists if any resistance was shown.
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.
Even some lawyers were implored to leave the court but it was gathered that this was due to the small size of the courtroom.
The arraignment of the suspected Boko Haram members, which had suffered two adjournments previously, on October 2 and 9, due to lack of an interpreter and the absence of the trial judge, still could not go ahead yesterday due to the fact that 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.