…as peace returns
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has reviewed and relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on the state last Saturday following the outbreak of violent protests by some Muslim youths.
The protesting youths had demanded the release of the two suspects arrested over the lynching and burning of the body of a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel by some of her colleagues over alleged blasphemy of Prophet Muhammad.
The state government, in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Isah Galadanci, and made available to newsmen in Sokoto, on Monday, announced that it had reviewed the curfew from 24 hours to dusk to dawn.
The Commissioner said the review of the curfew was to enable residents of the state to go about their legitimate business in line with the 1999 Constitution.
According to the statement, “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.”