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Nigeria: Curfew declared in Sokoto after student killing protests

Deborah Samuel was beaten and burned by fellow students for alleged blasphemous statements about the Prophet Muhammad.

The governor of Nigeria’s Sokoto state has declared an immediate 24-hour curfew to quell protests demanding the release of suspects in the killing of school student Deborah Samuel.

Samuel was beaten and burned by fellow students on Thursday for alleged blasphemous statements about the Prophet Muhammad in a Whatsapp group.

Protests have erupted following the police arrest of two students and a search for other suspects who appeared in footage of the gruesome murder of Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, which circulated on social media.

The governor said in a statement on Saturday that the curfew applies to the state capital, Sokoto city.

“Everyone should, please, in the interest of peace go back home,” Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of people demonstrated in the city

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