Security personnel mount Awe as Sanusi set to appear for Friday prayers in public

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Former Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido.
Former Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido.

Security has been strengthened in Awe, Nasarawa state, where the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, was taken to since his dethronement by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state.

It was observed that some men from the Nigerian Army, Department of State Security (DSS), Police, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Explosive and Ordinance unit (EOD) personnel, among other security agents, are on guard to provide security to the deposed emir.

The States Commissioner of Police, Bola Longe, said the security is being beefed up in Awe local government area of Nasarawa state for the benefit of all residents.

“More security personnel have been deployed in the town to safeguard both residents and visitors to the town, and not to intimidate anybody.

“I am appealing to the good people of Awe to be orderly especially during the Friday or Juma’at prayer,” CP Longe said on Thursday.

It was observed that three tents were erected around the residence with one inside the compound and two outside the compound to provide shade for the security personnel on duty.

It was also observed that the EOD personnel have been scanning cars approaching the house and wading off commercial motorcyclists from passing in front of the house.

Many residents say they would troop out en masse on Friday to have a glimpse of the Sanusi II.

The power supply was restored to the town Friday morning after a four-day total blackout. But residents say the power supply in the town, until now, was being rationed on one day on and one day off.

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