The Governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Tambuwal, has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the state, in a bid to curb further spread of violence by Muslim protesters.
The protesters who were mainly youths, demanded the release of two suspected killers of a female student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Deborah Samuel.
The suspects were earlier arrested and detained by the police.
The governor said the directive was issued “in pursuance of peace and order in Sokoto metropolis and the entire state.”
Violent outbreaks have been reported across Sokoto on Saturday amidst protests for the release of those responsible for Thursday’s killing of Deborah.
Deborah, a 200-level home economics student, was killed at about 9am for allegedly criticising Prophet Muhammad.
Her killing has sparked nationwide outrage, with political and religious leaders demanding urgent arrest and prosecution of all suspects.
SaharaReporters earlier today reported that residents of Sokoto State, mainly youths, in their numbers on Saturday stormed the Sultan of Sokoto’s palace, setting up a bonfire near the building and demanding the release of the two suspects.