Sokoto govt lifts curfew ahead of jumah prayer, bans procession

Sokoto govt lifts curfew ahead of jumah prayer, bans procession

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The Sokoto State government on Friday morning lifted a curfew imposed on Sokoto metropolis over the outrage that trailed the killing of Deborah Samuel.

The second year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, was stoned to death by a mob after been accused of insulting Prophet Mohammed last week Thursday in the State.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal who announced the lifting of the curfew few hours before Jumah prayer observed by Muslims on Friday, cited the relevant sections of the law that backed the Government decision, also banned all forms of procession in Sokoto State indefinitely.

This is contained in a Press statement by the State Commissioner for Information, Isah Bajini Galadanci.

The statement read, “Acting on enabling powers under section 176 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, section 1, 2 and 4 of the Public Order Act and section 15 of Sokoto State Peace Preservation Law, the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, Mutawallen Sokoto has after due consultations, lifted the curfew imposed on Sokoto metropolis with immediate effect.

“The Governor has urged the general public to be law abiding and remain peaceful at all times stressing the need for peaceful co-existence amongst the people in the State.

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“He reiterated the need for peace as the necessary foundation for any meaningful development.

“The Government has, however, banned all forms of processions in the State until further notice.

“Governor Aminu Tambuwal thanked people in the State for their understanding in complying with the curfew”.

Recall that the Nigeria police arrested two suspects in connection with the Deborah Samuel’s murder, and therefore charged the suspects with breach of causing public disturbances, amidst protest for and against the decision.

The police has also declared the prime suspect who was caught in a footage with a box of matches he allegedly used set Deborah alight wanted.

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