Federal High Court Orders Media Blackout of Terrorism Cases

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

This is contained in a statement signed by the court’s Chief Information Officer, Dr. Catherine Christopher.

According to the statement, terrorism proceedings will be conducted secretly, except when the Chief Judge of the court grants permission for media coverage.

The statement also says 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, will be the premises of the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

It states any person who contravenes an order or direction made under these practice directions shall be deemed to have committed an offence contrary to Section 34(5) of the Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2011 (as amended).

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The perimeters of the court sitting over a terrorism trial shall be secured for the period of the trial for safety of litigants and court officials.

Distance and size of perimeters to be secured for the trial shall be determined based on the recommendation of security agencies on a case-by-case basis.

It says No person shall be allowed within the secured perimeters save the approved court officials, parties and a number of pre-registered legal practitioners on either side, witnesses and any other person as may be directed by the judge or the most senior judge in the given circumstances.

According to the statement, the practice directions take immediate effect.


Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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