Blasphemy killing: Protesters burn Bishop Kukah’s house as Tambuwal imposes curfew in Sokoto

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Irate protesters demanding the release of suspects arrested in connection with the killing of a female student in Sokoto State  have burnt down the resident of the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Kukah.

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Also burnt were the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral, and the Catholic Pastoral Centre all within Sokoto metropolis on Saturday.

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The protesters are demanding the immediate release of those arrested in connection with the killing and burning of a female student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education on Thursday.

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The uprising in the state has led Governor Aminu Tambuwal into imposing a curfew in Sokoto metropolis. 

The curfew declaration by Tambuwal runs thus:

Curfew Declaration

Being a text of curfew declaration statement by Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal [CFR, Mutawallen Sokoto] today May 14, 2022, on the restoration of law and order in the state following students unrest that led to the killing of Miss Deborah Emmanuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto

.A’uzu Billahi Minas Shaidanir RajimBismillahi Rahmanir Rahim

Wa Sallahu Ala Nabiyyil Karim

Fellow citizens of Sokoto state!

Following the sad incident that happened at the Shehu Shagari College of Education on Thursday and sequel to the developments within (Sokoto) metropolis this morning till afternoon, by the powers conferred on me by sections 176(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and section 1 and 4 of the Public Order Act; and, also Section 15 of Sokoto State Peace Preservation Law, I hereby declare, with immediate effect, a curfew within (Sokoto) metropolis of Sokoto township for the next 24 hours.

I appeal to the good people of Sokoto state to kindly continue to observe law and order and calm down (on the) restiveness currently pervading in the metropolis.

Everyone should, please, in the interest of peace go back home and observe this measures, with a view of the reestablishment of peace, law and order in the state.It is not in the interest of anyone for us to have a breakdown of law and order. I, therefore, appeal for restraint; and, for people to observe and respect the rule of law.

Thank you very much!

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