By Ismail Auwal
Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed in the state in response to youth protests.
Angry youths took to the streets of Sokoto on Saturday to protest the arrest of the suspected killers of Deborah Samuel, a female student at Shehu Shagari College of Education who was killed by a mob on Thursday over allegation of blasphemy.
Her killing sparked outrage and condemnation across the country, with Nigerians demanding that the perpetrators be apprehended.
The Sokoto police command later announced the arrest of two suspects in connection with the killing.
In a statement issued on Monday, Isah Galadanci, commissioner of information, said Tambuwal ordered the relaxation of the 24-hour curfew following a security report.
The commissioner added that the development will enable people to carry out their “legitimate businesses”.
“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 statement reads.
“The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is to affording people the window to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood.”
The government advised residents to “maintain peace in this regard, as it will not condone any breach of law and order in the state”.