Shari’ah Court in Sokoto Orders Journalists to Obtain Authorisation Before Covering Court Proceedings


A Tudun Wada Lower Shari’ah Court sitting at Kanwuri in Sokoto metropolis on June 23, 2022 ordered that journalists who want to cover its proceedings must first obtain formal authorisation from the Court Registrar

The Trial Judge, Bashir Rufa’i, made the order when Mr. M. K Abdulkadir, a legal counsel appearing in an inheritance case, informed the judge that journalists were in the court covering the proceedings.

The judge initially asked Malam Habibu Harisu of the News Agency of Nigeria and Muhammad Nasir of Radio Nigeria to identify themselves and asked how they came into the court.

He thereafter directed the Correspondents to apply formally to the Court Register before covering cases that would be publicised by their respective media organisations.

The judge said Journalists could sit and listen to cases as any other Nigerian, but not publicise proceedings, adding that same directive applied to all other reporters that came to the Court.