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Tambuwal relaxes 24-hour curfew in Sokoto

The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has announced the review of the earlier 24-hour curfew imposed on the state following the violence that trailed the protest embarked upon by some residents of the state earlier on Saturday.

According to a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Isah Galadanci, and made available to newsmen in the state on Monday morning, the government review the curfew from 24 hours to now dusk to dawn.

This he said was to enable residents of the state to embark on their legitimate business in line with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Sequel to the briefing by the Security Heads in the State, the State Governor, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR Mutawallen Sokoto, has ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew in force in Sokoto metropolis.

“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is to afford people the opportunity to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.

“The Government, however, advises people to maintain peace in this regard, as it will not condone any breach of law and order in the State.”

Many Nigerians have condemned the gruesome murder of Deborah Yakubu, a 200-level Home Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, North-West Nigeria.

The police said two suspects had been arrested in connection with the killing of Deborah, who was mauled and burnt to death on the school premises for alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

The school management had shut down indefinitely.

Hundreds of placard-carrying Muslim youths began a protest in Sokoto on Saturday morning and demanded the release of the two suspects.

The Muslim protesters clashed with security operatives who fired shots to disperse the surging demonstrators.

Tambuwal subsequently imposed a curfew on the state amid rising tension.

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