* Bar people from visiting deposed Emir
One of the wives of the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, visited him yesterday at his new abode in Awe town in Nasarawa State.
Daily Trust reports that the wife of the dethroned emir arrived Awe at about 11.15 am along with three of the deposed emir’s children.
She arrived in a white SUV with tinted glasses and was escorted by mobile policemen and officers of the Department of State Security (DSS) who were conveyed in two Toyota Hilux vans with Kaduna State Government number plates.
The Emir of Awe, Alhaji Umar Isa Abubakar; Chief of Azara, Dr Kabir Musa Ibrahim and Chairman of Awe Local Government Area, Alhaji Umar Da-Akano, were also said to have met with the deposed emir.
The people of the host community in Awe said they were overwhelmed with Sanusi’s presence but unhappy with his dethronement.
A resident, Mallam Ibrahim Usman Fulani said: “I am a Fulani man who rears cows. When I heard the news, I rushed to town to confirm. I wanted to travel but I will not until I observe Friday congregational prayer with him. Many people are waiting for that historic moment,” he said.
Locals said power supply was being rationed on one-day-on and one-day-off basis in the area.
Awe is about 90 kilometres from Lafia, the capital of the state. It has a good tarred road but lacks basic amenities as residents buy water from vendors. A cart of 10 gallons containing 20 litres is sold for N200.
Upon arrival, Sanusi II was taken to a two-bedroom bungalow with a guest house wing where he spent the night. The apartment, Daily Trust gathered, belongs to an official of Awe Local Government Area.
According to a source, the place is a temporary abode for the ex-emir as another ‘befitting’ accommodation was being prepared for him.
Meanwhile, security was on Wednesday beefed up in a compund, where the Emir is being detained at Awe town in Nasarawa State.
No fewer than 40 security agents, including policemen, personnel of the Department of State Services and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, were deployed in the compound, which has three houses.
One of our correspondents, who visited Awe counted no fewer than 40 policemen guarding the compound,
A police vehicle with number plate 3623 was parked in front of the houses, close to the palace of the paramount ruler of Awe Chiefdom, Alhaji Isah Umar.
The compound, which was said to be a private building of the Chairman of the Local Government Area, Mr Umar Abubakar, is along the road that leads to Benue State.
The security agents turned back sympathisers who thronged the house to visit the dethroned Emir.
Two paramount rulers – the Yakanajin Uke, Alhaji Ahmad Abdullai, and the Sarkin Karshi, Dr Muhammed Bako, – were among the people prevented from visiting the deposed Emir.
The monarchs, who got to the gate of the compound around 1:30pm, were turned back by the security men.
The overzealous security agents also chased away a crowd who had gathered in front of the compound. They also harassed journalists, who were at the gate of the compound.
The police seized mobile telephones of The PUNCH and The Guardian correspondents on the grounds that they took pictures of the houses without approval. The overzealous security men later returned the phones and asked the journalists to delete the pictures.