Following the gruesome murder of a Christian student, identified as Deborah Yakubu at the Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto, over blasphemy, it has been reported that some Muslim youths protested and demanded the release of the two suspects arrested in connection with the death of the deceased lady.
This development had led to chaos and unrest in the state, and this had promoted the Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal, to impose a 24-hour curfew in the state.
Disclosing this in a statement, the governor 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.”
He added that “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.”
The governor remarked that, “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.”