Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has announced 24 hours curfew on Sokoto metropolis.
The governor made the announcement during a state broadcast in Sokoto following a violent protest embarked by youths who were agitating for the immediate release of the two suspects arrested in connection with the killing of Deborah Emmanuel for Blasphemy.
“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 declared
“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 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”. He added.
Reports from Sokoto says the protesters who took to the street of Sultan Palace, carrying placards were dispersed by security operatives.
It could could be recalled that, Nigeria Police Force said, it has arrested two suspects in connection with the killing of a female student of Shehu Shagari Collage of Education Sokoto for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad S.A.W