Sokoto town (file photo)
Protest rocks Sokoto, govt declares 24-hr curfew
Deborah Samuel laid to rest in Niger
The Sokoto State government has declared a 24-hour curfew in the state after protesters took to the streets demanding the release of the two suspects in the murder of a Christian student, Ms Deborah Samuel, over alleged blasphem at the Shehu Shagari College of Education last week.
The state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who declared the curfew on Saturday May 14, 2022, appealed to the protesters to go home peacefully.
His words: “Please, in the interest of peace go back home.”
Deborah Samuel was beaten and burned by Muslim students, who accused her of posting “blasphemous” statements about Islam in a WhatsApp group on Thursday.
Her death has been widely condemned by Muslims and Christians across Nigeria.
Recall that on Saturday, demonstrators burned tyres and the police fired teargas.
Some of the protesters also besieged the palace of the Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and the highest spiritual figure among Muslims in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Sultan has condemned the killing at Shehu Shagari College of Education and demanded those involved face justice, according to BBC.
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned Ms Samuel’s killing and said there should be an impartial investigation.
Religious tensions and deadly clashes are not uncommon, particularly in the northern Nigeria, where some states have adopted strict sharia laws, including death sentences for blasphemy.
Blasphemy in Islam includes the mocking or disparaging of attributes of the religion as well as denying any of its fundamental beliefs.