Omoyele Sowore, a human rights activist, has been released after he was arrested at the Federal High Court, Abuja, as the court adjourned the trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
This was disclosed by Sowore via a video he shared on social media, on Monday.
“We have been released. The Police arrested us when we were approaching the courtroom to observe the proceedings. They seized and wiped our cards, which were used for coverage,” Sowore said.
Sowore was reportedly arrested by security agents during a Facebook Live session on Monday morning.
What you should know about Kanu’s trial
There was tight security around the courthouse as the trial of Kanu, who has been in the custody of the Department of State Service resumed.
Kanu, who was earlier extradited into Nigeria from a foreign country, is facing terrorism-related charges before Justice Binta Nyako.
Meanwhile, the media coverage of the trial was only restricted to a few news outfits, as Journalists at the entrance to the court were barred by DSS officers from entering the court on the ground that they were not accredited to cover the trial.
News organisations barred from the coverage are The Punch, The Guardian, Vanguard, Daily Trust, Tribune, Daily Sun, The Cable, Sowore’s Sahara Reporters and Daily Times, among others.