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Deborah Samuel: Sokoto govt declares 24-hour curfew

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The Sokoto State government has imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state metropolis.

This follows the violent protest that greeted the state Saturday morning over the arrest of the suspects linked to the killing of Deborah Samuel.

The governor, Aminu Tambuwal made the declaration Saturday afternoon.

Recall that protesters had earlier stormed the streets of Sokoto demanding their release.

The protest created tension in some parts of Sokoto State.

Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, was killed on Thursday over alleged blasphemy. She was alleged to have asked her classmates to stop posting irrelevant religious comments on the class WhatsApp group.

The protesters who have taken over the streets in large numbers came out with placards bearing inscriptions such as, “Release our Muslim brothers”, Muslims Are Not Terrorists”, among others.

Recall that Deborah’s killers boasted in a video shared on social media that they were the ones that killed her and nothing was going to happen about it.

Deborah was clubbed to death by some persons believed to be Muslim fanatics.

Condemnations have since greeted the action of her killers with some fearing retaliation by Christians.

Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President, and presidential aspirant had deleted his tweet condemning the incident. Atiku later claimed he did not authorize the post.

President Muhammadu Buhari, after 24 hours of Deborah’s murder, issued a statement condemning the incident and calling on the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal to take immediate action against the perpetrators.

 

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