Security agents have barricaded the Federal High Court Abuja, ahead of scheduled re-arraingment of the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu is expected to take a fresh plea before trial Justice Binta Nyako, on an amended seven-count charge bordering on incitement, treasonable felony, and terrorism.
Security agents drawn from the Department of State Service, the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, and the Nigerian Army, as early as 4 am, blocked all roads leading to the high court premises which are adjacent to the Federal Ministry of Justice Headquarters.
Journalists and lawyers are currently denied entry into the court premises.
Though staff members of the court were initially barred by the heavily armed security operatives, they were subsequently cleared to enter their offices after they protested.
Stern-looking DSS operatives had specifically threatened to deal with any journalist recording or taking pictures of the unfolding drama.
Cameramen from major television stations in the country, including those from the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, were ordered to shut down and face it on an uncompleted building opposite the court premises.