Nigeria: Curfew declared in Sokoto after student killing protests

by | May 14, 2022 | World

Deborah Samuel was beaten and burned by fellow students for alleged blasphemous statements about the Prophet Muhammad.The governor of Nigeria’s Sokoto state has declared an immediate 24-hour curfew to quell protests demanding the release of suspects in the killing of school student Deborah Samuel.
Samuel was beaten and burned by fellow students on Thursday for alleged blasphemous statements about the Prophet Muhammad in a Whatsapp group.
Protests have erupted following the police arrest of two students and a search for other suspects who appeared in footage of the gruesome murder of Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, which circulated on social media.
The governor said in a statement on Saturday that the curfew applies to the state capital, Sokoto city.
“Everyone should, please, in the interest of peace go back home,” Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of people demonstrated in the city over the arrest of the students following the murder, residents said.
In the early morning, youths took to the streets, lighting bonfires and demanding the release of the two detainees despite the deployment of police officers to maintain order, residents said.
Some of the protesters besieged the palace of the Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, the sultan of Sokoto and the highest spiritual figure among Muslims in Nigeria who has condemned the kil …

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