- A 24-hour curfew was imposed on Sokoto on Saturday, May 14 following protests over the murder of Deborah Samuel
- The The curfew was part of the government’s attempt to calm tense nerves in the northern state
- Right now there is widespread outcry, outrage and mixed reactions to the student’s killing by a religious Mob
Sokoto – After the murder of Deborah Samuel by some people who claimed she was guilty of blasphemy , and the growing demand for the release and arrest of their killers, Governor Aminu Tambuwal has made a tough decision.
The governor has a 24-hour deadline on Saturday May 14th The curfew was imposed on the entire metropolis amid widespread protests and riots amid efforts by police to keep calm and taken to maintain order, reports The Cable.
As reported by Channels TV, a statement from The Governor on the latest developments reads:
“After the sad incident that occurred at Shehu Shagari College of Education on Thursday and as a result of developments in Metropolis (Sokoto) from this morning to afternoon, by the powers conferred over me pursuant to Section 176(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Sections 1 and 4 of the Public Order Law and Section 15 of the Peace Preservation Law of the State of Sokoto, I hereby declare, effective immediately, a curfew within the (Sokoto) Metropolis of Sokoto Municipality 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 (to the) unrest currently dominating the metropolis . Everyone should please go home in the interest of peace and comply with this measure in view of restoring calm, law and order to the state.
“It is not in anyone’s interest for us, a breakdown of law and to be in order. I therefore appeal for restraint and for people to heed and respect the rule of law.”
Osinbajo is concerned about the killing of Deborah Samuel, says there are established procedures for righting wrongs
< p class="align-left">Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has condemned the brutal assassination of Deborah. Samuel, a sophomore at the college, was killed Thursday after she was accused of blaspheming Muhammad (SAW), the Prophet of Islam.
In his Speaking in the Presidential Wing of Abuja’s Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, the Vice President commended the Sultan of Sokoto, the State Governor and other heads of state for condemning the vile acts and insisting that the perpetrators be brought to justice.