The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, created a scene in court today.
Kanu appeared before Justice Binta Nyako where he rejected the application granted to DSS by Justice Nyako to try him secretly.
Visitors to the courtroom including journalists and security operatives were shielded behind a wall of fabric.
Justice Binta Nyako in her ruling said the DSS’ witnesses will be protected.
Nyako had said: “The counsels and the defendants will see the witnesses.
“The witnesses will have special entrances to and outside the court.”
“It is not going to be a secret trial,” Justice Nyako said.
She had also said the witnesses names will be protected and marked with alphabets.
Contrary to her ruling on protecting the witnesses, the court shielded the defense and prosecution counsels.
The court also shielded witnesses and the defendants, (Nnamdi Kanu and other accused persons), from the public.
A group of pro-Biafra protesters in Jewish garments had besieged the court, demanding that the trial of Kanu be in the open.
But security did not allow the protesters to enter the court – a situation which generated tension.
See pictures of the blinds that marked the beginning of Kanu’s secret trial below: