Blasphemy: Tambuwal lifts curfew in Sokoto

Late Deborah and her parents

The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, has announced the immediate lifting of the curfew earlier imposed on the state to curtail the spread of violence in the state.

The governor had, in the wake of violence that greeted the protest organised by youths in the state calling for those arrested in connection with the killing of Deborah Yakubu, declared a curfew in the state metropolis.

The notice lifting the curfew was contained in a statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Isah Galadanci, on behalf of the governor and made available to newsmen on Friday.

Deborah was killed and her remains were set on fire following allegations of a blasphemous statement allegedly made by her in her school, Shehu Shagari College of Education WhatsApp group.

“Acting on enabling powers under section 176 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, section 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act, and section 15 of Sokoto State Peace Preservation Law, the Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, has, after due consultations, lifted the curfew imposed on Sokoto metropolis with immediate effect

“The Governor has urged the general public to be law-abiding and remain peaceful at all times, stressing the need for peaceful co-existence amongst the people in the state. He reiterated the need for peace as the necessary foundation for any meaningful development.”

Meanwhile, while appreciating the people of the state for their understanding in complying with the curfew, the governor has, however, banned all forms of processions in the state until further notice