40 Security Operatives Bar People From Visiting Deposed Emir Sanusi at Nasarawa Detention Centre


Security was  beefed up  in a compund, where the Emir is being detained  at Awe town in Nasarawa State.

Smartgist24 learnt that 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.

Accirding to The Punch correspondent who visited Awe, no fewer than 40 policemen were counted guarding the compound.

A police vehicle with  number plate 3623 was said to have been parked in front of the houses, close to the palace of the paramount ruler of Awe Chiefdom, Alhaji Isah Umar.

It was gathered that 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.

Smartgist24 learnt that 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 reported to have been turned back by the security men.

Also, the overzealous security agents were said to have chased  away a crowd  who had gathered in front of the compound. They also harassed journalists,  who were at the gate of the compound.

It was further gathered that 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.


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