About forty security operatives comprising the police, Department of State Services and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, have been deployed to the compound where the deposed Emir of Kano, Lamido Sanusi and his family were being kept in Nasarawa State.
The compund at Awe town in Nasarawa is said to have three houses.
A PUNCH Newspaper correspondent who visited Awe reports counting 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, 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 according to the report, turned back sympathisers who thronged the house to visit the dethroned Emir.
Two paramount rulers – the Yakanajin Uke, Ahmad Abdullai, and the Sarkin Karshi, Dr. Muhammed Bako, – were said to be 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, The PUNCH reports.