Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state metropolis following violent protest by youths demanding the release of two suspects arrested in connection with the lynching of Deborah Samuel over alleged blasphemy on Thursday.
Governor Tambuwal gave the order in a statement issued on Saturday.
The governor in a statement said, “Following the sad incident that happened at the Shehu Shagari College of Education on Thursday and sequel to the developments within (Sokoto) metropolis this morning till afternoon, by the powers conferred on me by sections 176(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and section 1 and 4 of the Public Order Act; and, also Section 15 of Sokoto State Peace Preservation Law, I hereby declare, with immediate effect, a curfew within (Sokoto) metropolis of Sokoto township for the next 24 hours.
“I appeal to the good people of Sokoto state to kindly continue to observe law and order and calm down (on the) restiveness currently pervading in the metropolis.
“Everyone should, please, in the interest of peace go back home and observe these measures, with a view of the reestablishment of peace, law and order in the state.
“It is not in the interest of anyone for us to have a breakdown of law and order. I, therefore, appeal for restraint; and, for people to observe and respect the rule of law.”
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY had reported that Muslim residents were protesting in Sokoto on Saturday morning, demandingthe release of two suspects arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of Deborah Yakubu, a 200-level Home Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto.
The protest later turned violent. There were unconfirmed reports of burning of church buildings.
A video shared on Facebook also showed angry youths storming the church of Bishop Matthew Kukah, an outspoken cleric.
He had fiercely condemned Deborah’s killing.