Deborah Samuel: Dusk To Dawn
Curfew Declared In Sokoto As Angry Mob Go On Rampage To Demand Release Of Killers
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has imposed a curfew in Sokoto in a bid to militate against further spread of violence by the rampaging mob, calling for the release of Deborah Samuel’s murder suspects.
Famous Reporters had reported that poor Deborah, a 200-level student was yesterday, burnt alive for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed via a WhatsApp voice mail in a group chat.
It was gathered that the arrest of perpetrators of the devilish act had incited a chaos in the state, as the protesters demanded for the release of Deborah’s killers.
Reacting to the ugly situation, 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 Ms Samuel.
Major streets such as Ahmadu Bello Way, Kano Road, where banks are located and Emir Yahaya Road, in the early hours of the day, were deserted with business places and shops closed.
However, attempts by the protesters to attack the Palace of the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, was resisted by security men on ground.
The grouse of the protesters, According to LEADERSHIP, was Sultan Abubakar’s condemnation of the dastard killing of late Deborah Yakubu.
Unperturbed with the presence of security personnel in some strategic areas within the state capital, the protesters in their large numbers stormed Ahmadu Bello Way church line, where Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, ECWA and C&S churches are located.
Attempts by the protesters to set the St. Mary Catholic Church ablaze was also resisted by armed security personnel drafted to the area, who fired several cannisters of teargas to disperse the irate protesters.
The protesters, however, succeeded in burning down a car around St. Mary Catholic Church.
Miss Samuel, a 200-level home economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, was killed at about 9:00 a.m. for allegedly criticising Prophet Muhammad in a chat which was meant to be a friendly conversation.
Her killing has sparked nationwide outrage, with political and religious leaders demanding urgent arrest and prosecution of all suspects.