Deborah Samuel lynching: Sokoto State Government declares curfew following violent protest over arrest of two suspects

Gov Aminu Tambuwal

Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal has imposed a curfew over Sokoto State to curb the further spread of violence in the state.

This according to him is to stop the spread of the mob rampaging the state over the arrest of suspects involved in the alleged lynching of Deborah Samuel.

The protesters took to the streets on Saturday morning burning tyres and destroying everything in sight. They are asking the police to release the two suspects already arrested.

The police deployed to the scene fired teargas to disperse the angry protesters.

Governor Tambuwal in reaction to the protest said, “by the powers of section 126 (2) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria I hereby declare curfew within the metropolis of Sokoto township for the next 24 hours.

“I appeal to the people of Sokoto state to continue to observe the Rule of Law.”

Deborah Samuel, a 200-level home economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, was killed for allegedly criticising Prophet Muhammad.

She was accused of blasphemy against Islam prompting an angry reaction from some Muslim students who killed her and set her body alight.

Her killing has sparked nationwide outrage, with political and religious leaders demanding urgent arrest and prosecution of all suspects.

Additional report by: SYMFONI

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