The Kaduna government has banned protests related to religious activity in the state due to unrest in Sokoto over the arrest of the suspects who killed Deborah Samuel, a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education over alleged blasphemous social media post.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Samuel Aruwan, the commissioner of internal security, said the ban became imperative “in view of moves by some unpatriotic elements to organise series of for-and-against protests related to a security development in one of the northern states”.

The ban comes in the wake of a violent protest in Sokoto state over the arrest of the suspected killers of Deborah Samuel, a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education.

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Earlier in the day, Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state following the killing of Deborah Samuel, a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education.

Deborah was killed by a mob over alleged blasphemy on Thursday.

Her killing had sparked outrage and condemnation across the country, with Nigerians asking the government to fish out the perpetrators of the crime.

Subsequently, the police command in Sokoto announced the arrest of two suspects in connection with the killing.

But on Saturday morning, some Muslim youths in Sokoto took to the streets to protest against the arrest of the suspects.

The youths asked the police to release the arrested suspects.

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The protesters were armed with placards that read: “Release our Muslim brothers”, “Muslims Are Not Terrorists”, “Peaceful riot”.

“Following the sad incident that happened at the Shehu Shagari College of Education, on Thursday and sequel to development within the metropolis this morning, by the powers of section 176(2) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and also section 15 of Sokoto state peace preservation law, I hereby declare, within the Sokoto metropolis, for the next 24 hours,” Tambuwal said.

“I appeal to the citizens of Sokoto state to kindly continue to observe law and order.”

Meanwhile, the school has been closed down pending the investigation of the incident.

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