Sultan’s Palace Attacked As Protesters Ask For Release Of Suspects
The Police were deployed to the palace of the Sultan of Sokoto, Northwest Nigeria on Saturday to avoid breakdown of law and order as protesters threw stones and attempted to burn it down.
The protests were caused by an alleged religious blasphemy made by a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, against Islamic religion through a social media channel.
The student, Deborah Yakubu, was killed in a mob outrage during students’ unrest, but the state government immediately closed down the school while police announced the arrest of two persons in connection with the incident.
Groups of youths took over the streets, chanting songs and urging security agents to release the arrested persons.
The protesters burnt tyres on Ahmadu Bello Way, Emir Yahaya road, Kanwuri and other streets, forcing shop owners to close midday while most streets became empty.
All the religious centres were also under tight security.
The state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal had in a broadcast, called on the people to remain indoor as security operatives were being deployed to safeguard lives and properties.