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There is an anxiety in Abuja as the State Security Service arrested two foreigners who are guests at Treasure Suites, a hotel opposite the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for taking pictures of the court premises from their hotel balcony.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the foreigners, who were white and assumed to be Americans by police officers at the scene.
Theyv were taken away in a white Toyota Hilux vehicle by DSS agents and police officers.
A witness told newsmen “They even entered the hotel and got the manager to show them their CCTV footage to be able to locate one of the men and seized his phone.
A woman who was believed to be the manager of the hotel was spotted outside with the DSS officers pleading with them not to drive the foreigners away from the hotel. Her pleas were ignored.
Another police officer said the Americans may not be tortured, saying they would only be questioned and asked to delete the footage.
“They will not do anything to them, they will only ask them to write statements and delete the footage they took,” the officer said under anonymity to avoid being sanctioned for offering comments to the media.
One of the DSS officers at the gate of the court said ” only a clique of pro-government media outlets will be allowed access to the court today.
“Anything you do, you cannot enter this courtroom today.”
A spokesman for the DSS did not return requests seeking comments about the arrests .
A controversial list that circulated on Sunday night contained 10 media outlets purportedly accredited to cover today’s proceeding in Mr Kanu’s trial.
The court has adjourned the case till today for the hearing of the case of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, who was reportedly abducted by Nigerian agents and repatriated to Nigeria from Kenya on June 29.
Two weeks ago, the DSS arrested three Israeli filmmakers while filming a documentary in Igbo-dominated Eastern Nigeria, accusing them of supporting Mr Kanu and IPOB.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered further that the foreigners had not been released.