Following a raucous protest by furious youths demanding the release of two suspects arrested over the death of a female student at Shehu Shagari College of Education (SSCOE), Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state capital! On Thursday, Deborah Samuel.
On the grounds of SSCOE, Samuel was slain by a mob that accused her of blasphemy.
Governor Tambuwal stated in a statement that the curfew will go into effect immediately to protect people and property.
He 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.
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“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. Thank you very much.”