The dethroned emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, maybe living like a prisoner since he was taken to Awe local government area of Nasarawa state, TheCable has authoritatively reported.
In their report, they noted that at least 30 police officers and officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were guarding Sanusi’s exile home.
Residents have also testified that some visitors are been denied access to the former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
For most of the day, three to five police stood at the gate, preventing people aside a few of the former emir’s family and officials of the government from going in to see Sanusi.
Naija News understands that the remaining police officers were positioned at different corners, spotting unsuspecting persons taking pictures or videos of the house and their colleagues
All efforts by newsmen to gain access into the house proved abortive as the security men claimed that they all had “strict orders” not to let anyone in.
The first police officer, wielding an AK-47 rifle, said: “No matter how far you have travelled, I’m sure my colleagues will not allow you in”.
One of the supporters of Sanusi who was denied access to him but tried taking pictures of the house, was caught by the police officers, who seized his phones, asked him to hold his ears, and undergo the punishment better known as “frog jumps”.
The residents of the place claimed that they had only seen Sanusi a few times, but that they only stood outside the gate, as they were denied entrance.
“Since he came here, he has not stepped outside. Even when we pray at the mosque beside the house, he does not come out to join us in prayers, and many people here would like that,” Ibrahim Akilu, a resident, said
“When he came here with heavy security, he was received by emirs and chiefs around here, including the emir of Awe.
“He is just living like a prisoner; most of the people coming are not allowed to see him. His family came to see him, some see him and go, a few of them are still around.”
Another resident, a teacher in one of the government schools in Awe, who pleaded anonymousity for fear of victimisation, said they heard that Sanusi “will not be allowed to leave the house for three months”.
“Sanusi is alone in the house; the family members come and go. I do not think they are allowed to live with him. We don’t know how long he will be here, it’s only the government that can tell. But the rumours are that he will be here for three months,” he said.