The curfew "is in pursuit of peace and order in Sokoto metropolis and the entire state following the death of a second-year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto," according to a short statement released by the governor and shared on the government's official Facebook page by his special adviser on media and publicity, Mohammed Bello.
A member of the governor's media team acknowledged the latest development, but declined to be quoted because he was not authorised to do so.
"Following the tragic incident that occurred at the Shehu Shagari College of Education on Thursday, and subsequent to the developments within (Sokoto) metropolis this morning until afternoon, by the powers conferred on me by sections 176(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and sections 1 and 4 of the Public Order Act; and also Section 15 of the Sokoto State Peace Preservation Law, I hereby declare, with immediacy, that the Shehu Shagari College of Education will be closed
"I implore the noble people of Sokoto State to maintain law and order and to quiet down (on the) unrest currently raging in the capital."
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