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Federal High Court Stops Media Coverage of Terrorism Trials

by Kunle Awosiyan

The Federal High Court of Nigeria says there will be no more media coverage for cases bordering on terrorism.

This was contained in a new practice direction for the trial of terrorism cases released by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho.

The court’s Chief Information Officer, Dr Catherine Christopher while outlining the Federal High Court’s new practice directions in a statement on Thursday said Terrorism proceedings will be conducted in secret except when the Chief Judge of the court, Justice John Tsoho, grants permission for media coverage.

It stated that terrorism proceedings will hold at any place to be designated by the chief judge and in the case of the Abuja Judicial Division, the venue, for the time being, would be the premises of the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

The statement added that these practice directions seek to provide measures that will ensure the security and safety of parties, personnel of law enforcement agencies and the judiciary, as well as members of the general public while ensuring expeditious and fair trial of persons suspected of having committed acts of terrorism.

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