There is palpable tension in Sokoto State as protesters trooped to the streets demanding the release of suspects arrested over the killing of Deborah Samuel on Thursday in the state.
The police have already, imposed a 24-hour curfew on the state in a bid to calm frayed nerves.
Deborah, a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, was killed over alleged blasphemy, following which the state police command arrested two suspects.
The protesters, who stormed the streets in large numbers on Saturday, wielded placards with inscriptions such as, “Release our Muslim brothers”, and “Muslims Are Not Terrorists,” among others inscriptions.
Sources said that armed policemen fired several cannisters of teargas to disperse the angry crowd, during which two persons were reportedly injured.
It was learnt that the protesters became violent and started hurling objects at the police.