Blasphemy: violence in Sokoto as Tambuwal declares 24-hour curfew

Blasphemy: violence in Sokoto as Tambuwal declares 24-hour curfew

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The governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has declared 24-hour curfew within the metropolis over the violence that erupted in some parts of the State in connection with the murder of Deborah Samuel.

Angry youths on Saturday embarked on a protest, demanding the release of arrested suspect in connection with the murder of a 200 Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education over the murder of a female student.

She was allegedly beaten to pulp and burnt to death by religious fanatics who accused her of blaspheming against Prophet Mohammadu on students WhatsApp group.

Governor Tambuwal announced the curfew on Saturday at the Government House in Sokoto, the State Capital.

The Governor said the curfew stated that the was necessitated the decision to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the state.

He 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”.

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“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 this measure with a view to the re-establishment 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.”

Leaders in Nigeria including the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar and governor Amimu Waziri Tambuwal as well as President Muhammadu Buhari had condemned the dastardly act, assuring that justice would be served to Deborah’s family.

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