Protesting youths in Sokoto were demanding the release of the suspects arrested in connection with Thursday’s lynching of a female student. Police broke up their protest with rubber bullets.
Governor Tambuwal followed up with imposing a 24-hour curfew and calling for calm in the city.
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai placed an immediate ban on protests in his own state. This was due to the fear of a spill-over from the Sokoto unrest.
The corpse of Deborah Samuel, the victim of the Thursday attack in Sokoto, was laid to rest last night in Niger State.
Her parents and other relations remained devastated by her death.
The murderers of the Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto student had accused her of blasphemy.
She was mobbed, stoned and clubbed to death, after which her body was set ablaze.
The Nigerian branch of the Muslim Society for the Support of Islam, Christianity and the West (NASFAT) and the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) condemn her extra-judicial killing.
Soldiers, police officers, and members of the Department of State Services (DSS) confronted Sokoto youth as they tried to enter the palace of Sultan of Sokoto. They were being held accountable for not registering their grievances.
The security personnel fired tear gas at the protesters when it seemed they were going out of hand.
The group of state police officers, led by the Commissioner of Police, managed to stop the protesters who were throwing stones and trying to burn the palace.