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Eleven commissioners dump PDP for APC in Sokoto as Tinubu begins rally.

No fewer than eleven commissioners in Sokoto State have dumped the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

The development followed an announcement by the state’s Deputy Governor, Manir Muhammad Dan Iya, resigning his membership in the main opposition party.

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Reports of the defection hit the media a few hours before the presidential campaign rally of the ruling party.

The APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, are expected to land in the state for the campaign rally on Thursday.



The defectors are expected to be officially received into APC by President Muhammadu Buhari during the rally

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2023: Sokoto deputy governor resigns from PDP.

The Deputy Governor of Sokoto State, Manir Muhammad Dan Iya has handed in his resignation from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, leadership.

The Walin Sokoto, in a letter dated 8th February 2023 and addressed to his Ward Chairman in Kware, Kware Local Government said he was notifying the Party leadership of his resignation.

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The letter sighted by 𝕹𝖔𝖇𝖑𝖊 𝕽𝖊𝖕𝖔𝖗𝖙𝖊𝖗𝖘 𝕸𝖊𝖉𝖎𝖆 was titled “Letter of Withdrawal from the Peoples Democratic Party.

It read, “I write to notify you of the withdrawal of my membership from the Peoples Democratic P’arty (PDP) with effect from 8th February 2023.

“I appreciate the opportunities given to me, which made me serve in various capacities under the PDP.



“Accept my best regards.”

This is coming in just a few hours to the All Progressives Congress, APC’s mega rally in the state

Tambuwal’s aide, Kwaire decamps to PDP from APC.

Alhaji Abubakar Kwaire, a special adviser to Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, has decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of the 2023 general elections in the state.

Kwaire, according to a statement by Bashar Abubakar, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC, Sokoto North), was received by the state APC governorship candidate, Alhaji Ahmad Aliyu in Sokoto.

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Kwaire’s decision to join APC, according to him, was motivated by Wamakko’s leadership qualities.

“Therefore, I believe with Wamakko as APC leader and Aliyu to govern our state, if elected, more dividends of democracy are expected,” he said.

In his remarks, the governorship candidate welcomed the defector and assured him of equal treatment like all other members of the party.



Kwaire, a former member of the Sokoto State House of Assembly, hailed from Tambuwal Local Government

2023: Presidential election results will shock you – Bafarawa dares el-Rufai.

A former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa has said the outcome of the presidential election would shock Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.

Bafarawa was reacting to El-Rufai’s claim that the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu would win the February elections.

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El-Rufai had said Tinubu would become Nigeria’s next president despite some elements in the Presidential Villa working against his success.

The governor said these elements are aggrieved that Tinubu emerged as the APC flag bearer.

Reacting, Bafarawa said El-Rufai can’t assume that Nigerians would vote for Tinubu.

Speaking with BBC Hausa Service, Bafarawa said El-Rufai’s comment was disrespectful to the North and Nigerians.

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“Also, he came out and was proudly saying that Tinubu will win the election whether people like it or not. Who told him that the whole of the north are supporting the APC?

“It’s just his opinion. Therefore, he has no right to boast with the north because everyone has their own candidates.



“We will surprise them; we will show them that this country belongs to nobody, likewise the north,” he said.

2023: You cannot impose Tinubu on North – Bafarawa.

Former governor of Sokoto, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, has expressed his displeasure with Governor Nasir El Rufai of of Kaduna state for saying the north is in support of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Presidential Candidate of the ALl Progressives Congress (APC).

In an interview with BBC, Bafarawa, a chieftain of People Democratic Party (PDP), said other persons from the region were also pushing their candidates.

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“He (El-Rufai) was insisting that Tinubu must win the election, whether people like it or not, they have already won. Who told him that the whole of the North is supporting the APC?

“This is just his opinion, in that case, he has no right to insist on the North because everybody has his candidate.

“The way he is campaigning for Tinubu that is how we are campaigning for our candidate. We will shock them, we will make them understand that this country belongs to nobody, likewise the North.” Bafarawa said.

The former governor noted that youngsters who reason well in their youthful exuberance are better than someone who is 100 years if we are to consider age.

“He is talking about being 63, doesn’t he see that there are still elders left in the North? For us, we see that these comments are lacking in responsibility.

“He thinks that we are not elders, he will understand that there are elders in the north. His comments lack being responsible and respectful, What is expected of him are comments that can lead to the development of the North and the development of the country at large.



“El-Rufai talked about contesting for elections and winning, if this is what he referred to as being responsible, we have contested and won before him,” he stated.

President Buhari mourns Emir Sanusi.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday expressed sadness over the death of Dr Nuhu Sanusi, the first-class traditional ruler (Emir) of Dutse in Jigawa State.

Buhari, in a condolence message issued by his media aide, Garba Shehu, in Abuja, described the deceased as one of Northern Nigeria’s modernising leaders.

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He conveyed his sympathy and that of Nigeria to the Dutse Emirate, the government and the people of Jigawa State over the sad loss.

While expressing sadness on the passing of Sanuni, Buhari said, “He was instrumental to the progress Dutse had achieved in the last three decades under his watch.”

He added, “He was a grassroots person who was loved by all.”

Before his death, Emir Sanusi was the Chancellor of Sokoto State University



2023: Sultan of Sokoto denies endorsing Peter Obi.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has denied endorsing the Labour Party presidential candidate, LP, Peter Obi.

Abubakar described the reported endorsement of Obi as false.

A report had quoted Abubakar as saying Nigerians should hold him responsible if Obi failed to perform as president.

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Reacting, the Sultan of Sokoto said such a report was false, while charging those behind it to produce evidence.

A statement by the monarch’s Media Aide, Prince Bashir said Obi never visited his palace on Wednesday or Thursday.

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The statement reads: “For the avoidance of doubt, the statement is fake because such an irresponsible write-up, credited to him, could not have emanated from anywhere near or around His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto and President of NSCIA.

“It would interest Nigerians to know that the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, was not one of those that paid a visit to the palace, whether on Wednesday or Thursday.

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“The simple challenge is to ask them to publish a copy of the letter purportedly written by the Sultan or a video or audio clip where he endorsed Peter Obi and denied APC’s Tinubu as contained in their peddled fakeness.”

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“Brain Drain” – Governors worried over mass exodus of doctors – Tambuwal.

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Governors of the thirty-six states of the federation, under the umbrella of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, have expressed concern over the prevalence of brain drain in the health sector.

Recently, there has been an upsurge of medical doctors migrating abroad in search of greener pastures and better living standards.

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But Nigerian governors have now raised alarm over the prevailing trend.

Sokoto State Governor and Chairman of the Forum, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, pointed out the forum’s fears when he paid a visit to Dr Osagie Ehanire, the Minister of Health, in Abuja.

Tambuwal said the Governors were worried over the mass exodus and brain drain, urging the federal government to ramp up the drive to realise the 25 percent needed to ensure universal healthcare coverage for all Nigerians under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF).

The Governor said: “We are witnessing brain drain over the years. It is alarming and I believe it has something to do with the welfare of medical personnel.

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“I urge the federal government to do something about this urgently.”

The Governor also added that the forum is working towards building a resilient healthcare platform committed to routine immunisation and eradicating polio.

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Tambuwal rejects chairmanship as PDP inaugurates gov’ship candidate campaign

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto has inaugurated its governorship campaign council for the 2023 general elections

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The party appointed Governor Aminu Tambuwal as the chairman of the council and Yusuf Suleiman, a former sports minister, as the director-general.

Inaugurating the council in Sokoto on Sunday, Mr Tambuwal said he had ceded his appointment as the council chairman to Attahiru Bafarawa, a former Sokoto governor.

“Bafarawa will lead the state campaign council following my commitment as the director-general of the PDP presidential campaign council,” said Mr Tambuwal.

The governor described the appointment of Mr Suleiman as an indication that PDP always stood by its words of equal treatment of all members.

“We treat our members equally, not the way others do. When you join PDP at any time, we see ourselves the same and work together for the success of our party. The 2023 elections are of great importance to all of us, our state and Nigeria,” stated the Sokoto governor.

He added, “Therefore, we need to ensure that whoever we are giving our mandate to is one who will lead us, our state and our country to greatness.”

Mr Tambuwal further urged the PDP supporters in the state to sustain their self-discipline by ensuring violence-free campaigns and expressed confidence that PDP will be the party to win the 2023 elections in the state and Nigeria.

“PDP had led Nigeria for 16 years, and APC had led for now seven and half years, so Nigerians will make their judgement on who to follow,” he added.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Suleiman said the campaign team would work closely with all PDP members in Sokoto to ensure its success.

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Deborah: DSS ran to her rescue, but she was killed anyways – Tambuwal.

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Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal on Friday shed more light on the circumstances leading to the killing of Deborah Samuel, saying the mob overpowered the security agents.

Tambuwal disclosed that contrary to a general view, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) tried but could not save the late 200-level student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education.

“Contrary possibly to what you are thinking, the security agencies particularly the DSS, were able to get to the school on time and were actually able to get Deborah rescued from the mob initially,” he told reported as he visited Delta State to continue his presidential campaign.

“As they were mobilising forces from the military barracks, the police command, the mob was growing. As we speak, one of the DSS agents that attempted to save her life is in the hospital with a broken head and the other one had a broken hand.

“They were actually overpowered. It is not as if she was left on her own. There was rescue by the DSS and they were around where she was locked into – a room – because they tried to really save her but unfortunately they were overpowered.”


The governor also debunked reports that security operatives did not respond to the emergency situation in the institution.

When asked whether Sokoto is safe for a visit, the governor explained that normalcy is gradually returning to the north-western state.

His administration, he assured, will ensure that justice is served with the killers prosecuted.

He equally reiterated his condemnation for the murder, warning residents of the state and indeed Nigerians against taking laws into their hands or embracing jungle justice.

This is even as he assured that his state is open for visits by non-indigenes and Nigerians from various parts of the country

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Deborah: Police declare killer in viral video wanted.

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The police in Sokoto have declared the men seen in the viral video of the murder of Deborah Samuel wanted for culpable homicide.

Public Relations Officer of the Sokoto Command, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday, a day after two other suspects were arraigned for killing the 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education.

“Prime suspects that claimed responsibility for the murder of Deborah Samuel in the viral video were declared wanted,” Abubakar said.

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He called on members of the public to cooperate with the police and report to the command or any security outfit in their domain if they have information on the suspects.

He also assured that the Sokoto Police Command is committed to apprehending the suspects, adding, “The command has already deployed all its intelligence and is on the lookout for the suspects.”.

Alleged Blasphemy
Deborah had been killed on Thursday last week by a mob after she was accused of blasphemy.

The gruesome murder sparked outrage and drew condemnation from many and led the Sokoto State government to shut down the school.

As the news spread and videos of the murder went viral, the police announced the arrest of two suspects.



Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, and the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, were among those who condemned the killing.

Amid calls for justice, the situation in the state degenerated on Saturday after an angry mob held a violent protest attacking the Holy Family Cathedral and another Catholic Church facility in the state while demanding the release of those arrested.

In reaction, the state government imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state.

The curfew was relaxed on Monday and the two arrested suspects were arraigned on the same day. They were both remanded in custody.

Meanwhile, the remains of Deborah were buried in her home town, Tunga Magajiya, in the Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State over the weekend

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Deborah: NBA calls for switch prosecution of suspects.

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The Nigerian Bar Association has condemned extra-judicial killings in any part of the country, describing them as reprehensible, barbaric and unacceptable.

A statement signed by the President of the bar, Olumide Akpata also called on security agencies to do more to stem these ugly developments, and to ensure that the perpetrators of these heinous acts are made to face the full wrath of the law.

Citing the specific cases of a young man (simply identified as David) in Lagos who was reportedly lynched by commercial motorcyclists around Lekki; and the incident in Sokoto involving the murder of Miss Deborah Yakubu, a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto by some of her school mates for alleged blasphemy, the NBA asked government to immediately commence the prosecution of all suspects involved in these brutal and arbitrary killings in order to send a strong signal that such acts will no longer be tolerated in Nigeria.

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The NBA said it believes that the prompt and effective prosecution of the alleged killers will instill confidence in the citizens, promote accountability, and signpost the government’s commitment to the rule of law.

With particular reference to the murder of Deborah Yakubu and related developments in Sokoto, the NBA said it is worried by unconfirmed reports that the suspects have been charged with mere breach of public peace and called on the Sokoto State Government to immediately rethink its prosecution strategy and file charges that truly reflect the gravity of the situation.

On the demand for the release of the suspects by some protesting youths coupled with assault on innocent citizens, burning of worship centres and destruction of property, the NBA said this is worrisome and clearly a test of the will of the State to fully enforce its laws and foster rule of law.

On its annual conference of the Section on Public Interest and Development Law, SPIDEL scheduled to hold next week in Sokoto, the NBA said, having critically reviewed the current security condition in the state, it has become apparent that it cannot guarantee the safety of participants and accordingly, the Conference has been postponed also as a mark of respect for the memory of the slain Deborah Yakubu.

The NBA urged the State Government to fully collaborate with the Federal Government to initiate measures — and where necessary deploy its coercive instruments — to restore peace and order to the State, safeguard lives and property and dissuade vandalism and impunity

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Blasphemy: Deborah’s parents finally break silence on her death.

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The parents of the late Deborah Samuel of Shagari College of Education Sokoto, Sokoto State have described the death of their daughter as sad and painful, saying they have left her killers to God.

Recall that the remains of Deborah were laid to rest in her hometown, Tungan Magajiya in Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State Saturday evening.

She was stoned to death and set ablaze on Thursday by her fellow students for allegedly making a blasphemous statement on a WhatsApp group against Prophet Mohammed.

Reacting to the death of their daughter, the bereaved parents said they have nothing to say or do regarding the loss of their child, but have decided to leave everything in the hands of God.

Speaking with Noble Reporters’ known Media, the father, Mr. Emmanuel Garba, a security personnel with the Niger State Water Works Cooperation at Tungan-Magajiya said, “we can say or do anything, except to take it easy as an act of God. We have left all to God, we have decided to take it like that”.

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On who brought back the body of his deceased daughter from Sokoto State, the father explained that he personally went and brought back her remains to be buried.

“I personally went and brought back the body of my daughter to enable me to bury my own child. This is because keeping her in the morgue will not return her back.

“When I got there, I met government officials and made them understand the need to allow me take her back home and they agreed with me. When we got to the morgue, those in charge asked me to sign the necessary documents and I did. They released the corpse to me.”

On who paid for the transportation, Garba, “I personally, paid the sum of N120,000 to the driver out of many that refused to convey her back home and it is because of the condition of the remains. Most drivers we approached all refused except one.”

Confirming the call by the Sokoto State Government that the body of his daughter should not be returned home, the father of the deceased stated, “the government wanted me to leave the remains, when they called me, I said no, they should allow me to please, bury my daughter.”

Also, the mother, Mrs. Alheri Emmanuel, told our reporter that Deborah was the second of the seven children, adding that it’s so sad to have lost her at such a young age, whom they were relying on to help support them in the future.

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On her medical condition, the mother of the deceased explained that she is stable now and discharged from the hospital, where she was admitted upon hearing the news of the gruesome murder of her daughter.

Amid tears, Mrs. Alheri stated,“I have nothing to say, I am grateful to God and for your efforts. I have given God my heart and may God strengthen me. We have nothing to say.

“Because of what happened to me, I will no longer send my children to schools where so much money is involved. Because of her education, the education of some of her siblings suffered as it is so difficult to care for them all at the same time. And, now things are difficult for us”.

Also, her elder brother, Nakaka Garba, when asked for his reaction, he simply stated, “I have nothing to say, we are pained by what happened, but we have left all to God.”

On why their daughter answered Deborah ‘Samuel’ instead of ‘Garba’, the father further added, “she has been living with my brother since she was in primary school and had been using the name”.

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Deborah: Buhari calls impartial investigation.

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday condemned the resort to self-help by a mob, resulting in violence, destruction, and killing of Miss Deborah Samuel in Sokoto State.

Samuel, a second-year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, was killed on Thursday following an allegation that she had blasphemed Muhammad (SAW), the prophet of Islam.

In a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said the news of the killing of the young lady by fellow students was a matter of concern.

He, therefore, demanded an impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident.

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The President stated that Muslims all over the world demand respect for the holy prophets, including Isah (Alaihissalaam, Jesus Christ) and Muhammad (SAW).

He, however, explained that where transgressions occur, as alleged to be the case in this instance, the law does not allow anyone to take matters into their hands.

President Buhari stressed that religious leaders have always preached that it was not for a believer to judge the actions of another person and the constituted authority must be allowed to deal with such matters when they arise.

“No person has the right to take the law into his or her own hands in this country. Violence has and never will solve any problem,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.

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The President also directed the Ministries of Information and Culture, Police Affairs, as well as Communications and Digital Economy to work with telecoms service providers and tech companies to help contain the spread of false and inflammatory information through social media.

He extended the nation’s condolences to the family of the slain student and wished all those injured a quick recovery.

President Buhari commended the immediate response to the incident by the government and urged religious and community leaders to call citizens’ attention to the need to exercise the right to freedom of speech responsibly.

He called for tampered comments by the media and calm among the general population while the investigation continues to find out the remote and immediate causes of the incident

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Blasphemy: Tambuwal meets Muslim leaders over lynching of Deborah.

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Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has met with a broad spectrum of Muslim leaders in the state to deliberate on the way to maintain peace and harmony amongst its citizens after a female student was killed on Thursday.

He has also met with Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Mathew Hassan Kukah among others.

This is according to a statement from the Governor’s media office.

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Deborah Samuel, a second-year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, was killed on Thursday following an allegation that she had blasphemed against Muhammad (SAW), the prophet of Islam.

“Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state, a while ago, met with a broad spectrum of Muslim leaders in the state at the Government House, Sokoto to deliberate on the way to maintain peace and harmony amongst its citizens of all religions that Sokoto is famous for following the killing of Deborah Samuel,” the statement said.

“It should be noted that Governor Tambuwal was billed to visit Bayelsa, Delta and Edo States today in continuation of his Presidential consultations but had to cancel the visits to consult with citizens and religious leaders to ensure security of lives and property of all residents of Sokoto State.”

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Blasphemy: Osinbajo condemns killing of Deborah in Sokoto.

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday condemned the brutal killing of Deborah Samuel, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State.

Samuel, a second-year student of the college, was killed on Thursday following an allegation that she had blasphemed Muhammad (SAW), the prophet of Islam.

Speaking at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, the Vice President commended the Sultan of Sokoto, the State Governor and other leaders in the state for condemning the dastardly act, insisting that the perpetrators be brought to justice.

President Muhammadu Buhari has also condemned the killing.

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In a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said the news of the killing of the young lady by fellow students was a matter of concern.

He, therefore, demanded an impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident.

The President stated that Muslims all over the world demand respect for the holy prophets, including Isah (Alaihissalaam, Jesus Christ) and Muhammad (SAW).

He, however, explained that where transgressions occur, as alleged to be the case in this instance, the law does not allow anyone to take matters into their hands.

President Buhari stressed that religious leaders have always preached that it was not for a believer to judge the actions of another person and the constituted authority must be allowed to deal with such matters when they arise.

“No person has the right to take the law into his or her own hands in this country. Violence has and never will solve any problem,” he was quoted as saying in the statement

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Deborah: Tambuwal declares curfew in Sokoto.

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Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has declared a 24-hour curfew within the metropolis in a bid to prevent a curtail further spread of civil unrest trailing the death of Miss Deborah Samuel.

He announced the curfew on Saturday at the Government House in Sokoto, the state capital.

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has declared a 24-hour curfew within the metropolis in a bid to prevent a curtail further spread of civil unrest trailing the death of Miss Deborah Samuel.He announced the curfew on Saturday at the Government House in Sokoto, the state capital.

Deborah, a second-year student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State, was killed on Thursday following an allegation that she had blasphemed Muhammad (SAW), the prophet of Islam.

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According to the governor, the curfew has become necessary as the only option left for the government to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the state.

A file photo of Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal.

“Following the sad incident that happened at the Shehu Shagari College of Education on Thursday and sequel to the developments within (Sokoto) metropolis this morning till afternoon, by the powers conferred on me by Sections 176(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and Section 1 and 4 of the Public Order Act, and also Section 15 of Sokoto State Peace Preservation Law, I hereby declare, with immediate effect, a curfew within (Sokoto) metropolis of Sokoto township for the next 24 hours,” he said.

“I appeal to the good people of Sokoto state to kindly continue to observe law and order and calm down (on the) restiveness currently pervading in the metropolis. Everyone should, please, in the interest of peace go back home and observe this measure with a view to the re-establishment of peace, law, and order in the state.

“It is not in the interest of anyone for us to have a breakdown of law and order. I, therefore, appeal for restraint and, for people to observe and respect the rule of law.”

Protest Turned Looting?
Deborah’s death has sparked outrage from various individuals and groups across the country, including the Christian community who demanded that her killers be brought to justice.

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But the curfew imposed was in response to a demonstration by scores of residents over the detention of two students arrested in connection with Deborah’s murder.

The victim was stoned to death and her body burnt by a mob of Muslim students of the college after she made a post they deemed insulted Prophet Muhammad.

Following the arrest of two persons, police said they had begun a manhunt for other suspects who appeared in footage of the gruesome murder which trended on social media.

Angered by the police action, Muslim youths reportedly took to the streets of Sokoto, lighting bonfires and demanding the release of the two detained suspects, sources said.

Some of the protesters, according to them, besieged the palace of the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, chanting “Allahu Akbar” or God is Great.

The youths were, however, said to have been dispersed by police and soldiers guarding the palace.

They reportedly retreated downtown where they attempted to loot shops belonging to Christian residents, but were dispersed by security patrol teams

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Deborah: Nasir el-Rufai bans religious protest in Kaduna.

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The Kaduna State Government has banned all forms of protests related to religious activities across the state.

The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said in a statement that the ban, which is with immediate effect, was done in consultation with the State Security Council.

He explained that the prohibition of all forms of religious protests becomes imperative in view of moves by some unpatriotic elements to organize series of for-and-against protests related to a recent security development in another northern state.

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Protests rocked Sokoto city on Saturday over the detention of two persons linked to the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel.

Deborah, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, was lynched and burnt by a mob on Thursday over allegations of blasphemy.

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing.

‘Remain calm’
According to Aruwan’s Saturday statement, Governor Nasir El-Rufai who has been briefed of the development, has charged security agencies to ensure strict enforcement of the ban on religious protests.

The Governor also charged religious leaders, community leaders and traditional rulers throughout the State to complement the efforts of government and security agencies towards the maintenance of peace and stability.

“Security agencies have thus resolved that any attempt by individuals or groups to disrupt the peace and stability of the State, by way of religious protests, will not be condoned. Such protests will be promptly halted, and conveners prosecuted,” the statement said.

“Citizens are implored to remain calm as they go about their lawful pursuits, and to immediately report any such activity or security concern to the Kaduna State Security Operations Room, on 09034000060 and 08170189999

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Deborah: Fr Kukah says he’s safe as curfew commences in Sokoto.

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The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, on Saturday said he is safe after protests rocked parts of Sokoto city over the detention of two persons linked to the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel.

Contrary to some reports online, the Bishop also told Channels Television that his house was not set ablaze.

The State Government had imposed a 24-hour curfew to restore calm.

In a statement sent to Channels Television, Kukah called for calm and commended Governor Aminu Tambuwal for acting promptly by declaring the curfew.

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During the protest, groups of youths led by some adults in the background, attacked the Holy Family Catholic Cathedral, destroying Church glass windows, those of the Bishop Lawton Secretariat and vandalized a community bus parked within the premises, Kukah said.

“They were promptly dispersed by a team of Mobile Policemen before they could do further damage,” the statement added.

“The hoodlums also attacked the Bakhita Centre located along Aliyu Jodi road and burnt down a bus within the premises.”

Kukah commended the security forces for promptly rising to the occasion to prevent further damage at our facilities, adding that no life was lost.

The Bishop appealed to Christians to remain law abiding and pray for the return of normalcy.

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He noted that all Masses in Sokoto metropolis have been suspended until the curfew is lifted.

Calm returning
Meanwhile, calm appears to be returning to Sokoto city after the earlier violence, according to a Channels Television correspondent in the city.

Governor Tambuwal said he declared the 24-hour curfew within the metropolis to prevent further spread of civil unrest trailing the death of Deborah Samuel.

Deborah, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, was lynched and burnt by a mob on Thursday over allegations of blasphemy.

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing.

He has also demanded an impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident

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Deborah: Don’t blame Islam, perpetrators should be punished – Ibrahim Chatta.

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Ibrahim Chatta, the Nollywood actor, has asked the public not to blame Islam for the killing of Deborah Yakubu, a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, for alleged blasphemy.

Noble Reporters Media had reported how the student was attacked and set ablaze by an angry mob over remarks considered to be an insult to Prophet Mohammed.

Deborah’s death has provoked widespread outrage, with a huge number of Nigerians on social media demanding the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for her killing.

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In a lengthy Instagram post on Friday, Chatta said the perpetrators of such acts should be blamed and not Islam.

He also cited several instances from the Quran showing that Islam frowns at violence and the action that led to the student’s murder.

The film star called on security operatives to ensure justice is served.

He also enjoined people not to be inhuman while claiming to defend a religion that they have limited knowledge about.

“Blame the perpetrators not Muslims & Islam. Barbaric: A female student called Deborah burnt alive in Sokoto for insulting Prophet Muhammad. This is not true Islam,” he wrote.

“Killing and burning for hate speech is nothing close to Islamic laws. You all should be careful out there. Don’t be inhumane by defending the religion you know less about.

“All those that killed that lady in Sokoto for blasphemy must be arrested and punished accordingly #NoToFanaticism.”

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Deborah: Oby Ezekwesili reacts, calls for justice.

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A former Minister of Education, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili and popular sociopolitical activist, Aisha Yesufu, has condemned the killing of a christian student in Sokoto State, identified as Deborah Samuel.

Noble Reporters Media had reported that Deborah was lynched by some male Muslim students and burnt, for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed.

In their separate reactions, Oby and Yesufu while condemning the incident, said Deborah must get justice.

She wrote on Twitter, ”Deborah sadly joins the long list of those who must be given Justice in this Land someday; no matter how long it takes for us to build a society where human life is respected and accorded dignity. Her “religious” killers will surely account. Someday. On earth and before God.

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”May God comfort the family of a young woman who went to be educated and paid with her life just because a bunch of murderers accused her of “religious blasphemy” in a “Democracy” in 2022. May God speak the word that can strengthen Deborah’s family in Jesus name!”

Aisha wrote, ”Innalillahi wa inna ilayhi rajiun, What manner of barbarism just happened in Sokoto? Who the hell are you to take someone’s life? The Prophet (SAW) went to visit a man that usually insult & pour debris on him when the man was ill Nigeria keeps producing serial killers! Oghenna!

”They fight for God and leave their fight to God! While they are being killed by their fellow terrorists, their women and men raped, their houses burnt, their parents driven away for their villages and farms they do nothing but pray to God but kill a fellow citizen in cold blood!

”Nigeria just breaks you daily. A family just lost a daughter because heinous acts are unpunished and more people continue to practice them.

”The despicable beings are being killed by terrorists. The mindless and depraved cowards did not go and fight the terrorists killing and maiming. Kai!

”Has there ever been anyone prosecuted for these atrocious killings? Right from 1990 I have known of these atrocious killings in the name of religion but never heard of prosecution. We cannot keep producing serial killers who are also begetting new sets of serial killers.”

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Deborah: Two arrested over death of 200-level student in SSCOE.

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The Police in Sokoto State have arrested some persons in connection with the murder of a female student, Deborah Samuel.

Public Relations Officer, ASP Sanusi Abubakar gave the update in a statement Thursday evening.

He said at about 0900hrs, a distress call was received from Shehu Shagari College of Education.

It was reported that students were rioted over Deborah, a 200-level student.

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She was accused of making a social media post that blasphemed the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

Abubakar said students forcefully removed the victim from the security room where she was hidden by the school authorities, killed her and burnt the building.

The spokesman confirmed that the students banded together with miscreants and barricaded the Sokoto/Jega road.

He said upon receiving the information, the DC Operations led a team of policemen and all other operational commanders to the school.

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“The road was cleared and the situation was brought under control. Two students were arrested in connection with the crime committed.”

The school has been closed down by school authorities and policemen deployed for tight security coverage.

Commissioner of Police, Kola Okunlola, has appealed to members of the public to go about their lawful activities and not panic.

Abubakar vowed that others in the viral video spotted “will be nailed soon”.

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Deborah: SSCOE MGT indefinitely shutdown activities.

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Management of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in‪ Sokoto‬ State has suspended academic activities following the killing of a female student identified as Deborah.

Noble Reporters Media had earlier reported that Deborah, who allegedly made a blasphemous comment against Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) in a WhatsApp group, was set ablaze by some Muslim boys on Thursday morning.

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Noble Reporters Media gathered that pandemonium began in the school environment when some young men dragged the victim from class, accusing her of insulting the prophet.

Despite the efforts of security personnel in the school, Deborah was reportedly beaten to a pulp and later set ablaze.

Commissioner of Information, Isa Bajini Galadanchi confirmed the development to reporters at the Government House in Sokoto.

According to the Commissioner, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal had ordered that the school be shut and directed the Ministry of Higher Education and relevant security agencies to investigate the matter.

“The Governor has called on the people of the state to remain calm and maintain peace as the government would take appropriate actions on the findings of the investigation,” Bajini said.

A circular by the school management sighted by Noble Reporters Media said the school has been shut down till further notice.

All students were asked to vacate the school premises with immediate effect

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Deborah: Sokoto Sultanate Council says perpetrators must be punished.

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The Sokoto Sultanate Council has condemned the killing of a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto State.

Noble Reporters Media earlier reported that the student, who was identified simply as Deborah, was lynched by some male Muslim students and set on fire, for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed.

The development has triggered angry reactions from Nigerians, who lamented how some human beings easily lose their conscience in the name of religion.

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The school management has since shut down academic activities in the institution till further notice.

Reacting, the Sultanate Council in a statement issued by its secretary, Sa’idu Mohammadu Maccido, called on security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.

The council called on members of the public to remain calm and live peacefully with one another.

The statement reads, “The Sultanate Council has learnt with dismay the unfortunate happening at the Shehu Shagari College of Education, SSCOE Sokoto that led to the loss of life of a female student of the institution.

“The Sultanate Council condemns the incident in its totality and has urged the security agencies to bring the perpetrators of the unjustifiable incident to justice.

“The Sultanate Council has urged all to remain calm and ensure peaceful co-existence among all people of the state and nation.”

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Deborah: College MGT indefinitely shutdown activities.

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Management of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in‪ Sokoto‬ State has suspended academic activities following the killing of a female student identified as Deborah.

Noble Reporters Media had earlier reported that Deborah, who allegedly made a blasphemous comment against Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) in a WhatsApp group, was set ablaze by some Muslim boys on Thursday morning.

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Noble Reporters Media gathered that pandemonium began in the school environment when some young men dragged the victim from class, accusing her of insulting the prophet.

Despite the efforts of security personnel in the school, Deborah was reportedly beaten to a pulp and later set ablaze.

Commissioner of Information, Isa Bajini Galadanchi confirmed the development to reporters at the Government House in Sokoto.

According to the Commissioner, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal had ordered that the school be shut and directed the Ministry of Higher Education and relevant security agencies to investigate the matter.

“The Governor has called on the people of the state to remain calm and maintain peace as the government would take appropriate actions on the findings of the investigation,” Bajini said.

A circular by the school management sighted by Noble Reporters Media said the school has been shut down till further notice.

All students were asked to vacate the school premises with immediate effect

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