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Abba Kyari: Court stop lawyers, journalists from covering trial

  • In the trial of suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari and others, journalists and lawyers were denied entry to Court 10 of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
  • The restriction was imposed by Justice Emeka Nwite following a request from the counsel representing the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to protect the identity of a witness.
  • The judge temporarily adjourned the proceedings to allow non-parties to exit the courtroom.

Journalists and lawyers were denied access to Court 10 of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, where the trial of suspended Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari and others was taking place.

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The restriction was ordered by Justice Emeka Nwite in response to a request made by Mr Sunday Joseph, the director of the Legal and Prosecution Department of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Joseph sought to safeguard the identity of a witness scheduled to testify in the trial.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Joseph asked the court to exclude other counsels, visitors, litigants, and journalists from the courtroom. In compliance with this request, Justice Nwite temporarily adjourned the proceedings to allow non-parties involved in the anti-narcotic suit against the suspended police officers to vacate the courtroom.

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The decision to bar lawyers and journalists from covering the trial raises questions about the transparency and openness of the judicial process.

Access to information and the ability of the media to report on such high-profile cases is crucial in upholding accountability and public trust. However, the court’s decision to restrict access was made to protect the anonymity of a witness, which is a valid concern in certain circumstances.

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It remains to be seen how the restrictions imposed on the trial coverage will impact public awareness and understanding of the proceedings.

As the trial of Abba Kyari and others unfolds, the media and legal observers will closely monitor the developments and seek avenues to ensure the transparency and fairness of the judicial process.



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