The Sokoto State Government in Northwest Nigeria has imposed a 24-hour curfew to control Muslim youths protesting for the release of suspects arrested in the killing of Deborah Samuel, a 200-level Home Economics student at Shehu Shagari College of Education.
The protest began early on Saturday, May 14, 2022, with teeming youths holding banners and placards at various locations in Sokoto city, including the state government house and the Sultan’s palace.
Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, declared a 24-hour curfew after the protest devolved into uncontrollable violence, with protesters throwing stones at the palace of Sokoto Sultan Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III.
The Sultan, in a statement, condemned the incident after the angry mobs killed Deborah and called security agencies to arrest the perpetrators. Other Muslim clerics and organisations have equally joined him in distancing Islam from mob actions and jungle justice.
Deborah’s killers accused her of sending a ‘blasphemous’ message to their school WhatsApp group while reacting to other people sending religious messages to the group. Two of her alleged murderers were arrested after the incident.
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