Blasphemy: Tambuwal Declares 24 Hours Curfew in Sokoto
By Onuminya Ochowechi In Sokoto
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Saturday declared 24 hours curfew in Sokoto metropolis followed the protest that greeted the comments of his Eminence Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar over the killing of Deborah Emmanuel.
Sultan on Friday condemned the killing of Deborah Emmanuel and charged the security agents to bring the perpetrators of the dastardly act to book.
At early hour of Saturday some angry youth mobilized themselves to Sultan palace in Sokoto stressing that his comments over the killing of Deborah Emmanuel a 200 level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education , Sokoto is anti Islam.
The irate youths stated that the comment of His Eminence is anti Islam and also demanded that those arrested over the killing should be released with immediate effect.
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There was pandemonium at Sokoto metropolis as the youth also block major high ways within the town
Following the development, in a state wide broadcast Governor Tambuwal said by the power conferred on him 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 and as the chief security of the state has declared with immediate effect a curfew within Sokoto metropolis for the next 24 hours.
He appealed 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 he stated..
He noted that it is not in the interest of anyone of 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 he said .
As the time of filing this story military personnel and other security agents have taken over the streets in the town.
According to police source some people have been arrested in connection with the killing but the police public relations officer in the state Assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Sanusi Abubakar declined to mention the number of people arrested but as of yesterday two people have been arrested.