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Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has imposed a 24-hour curfew following a violent demonstration by youths in the State seeking the immediate release of two suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Deborah Samuel.

Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, was beaten to a pulp and set ablaze by her fellow students, who claimed that she allegedly made blasphemous comments against Prophet Muhammad.

According to the State Police Spokesperson, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, the students forcefully removed Deborah from the security room where she was hidden by the school authorities, killed her, and burnt the building.

The protesting youths, carrying placards that read “Release our Muslim brothers”, and “Muslims Are Not Terrorists”, vandalised buildings and looted shops.

Reacting to the protest on Saturday, the Governor 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.

“It is not in the interest of anyone for us to have a breakdown of law and order. I appeal for restraint, and for people to observe and respect the rule of law.”

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