In Sokoto, a man was arrested for alleged blasphemy.

“The state Governor Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, cautions against politicising the issue as it’s time to come together in matters such as this.”
Police Officers

The calm and serenity enjoyed in Sokoto State, dubbed "The Seat of Caliphate," was disrupted yesterday when one Isma'ila Sani Isah allegedly made a blasphemous statement on his social media platform against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

The suspect, who was later detained by the Sokoto State Police Command, allegedly posted the claimed statement on Facebook in protest of not being hired by the local government. In the article, Isah accused a local guy of refusing him a job despite his financial difficulties.

The Sokoto State Government denounced the blasphemy against the Prophet in a statement issued yesterday while urging citizens to stay calm since the suspect had been caught and investigations were continuing.

On Thursday, a group of young people in Sokoto attacked Sultan Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar's palace, demanding Sani's arrest.

The youths who were armed with placards, among which read “We are calling on the Sultanate Council to take the necessary measure against the perpetrator” and “Isma’il, must die” among others stormed the palace around 5p.m.

Armed police officers commanded by Chief Superintendent M Y Maru, the Divisional Police Officer of Marina Police Station, barred them from entering.

While speaking to them, Maru begged for calm, stating that the suspect was being held at the state command's Criminal Investigation Department.

“We have arrested the suspect. He is currently under detention at the CID office and I can lead your leaders to the headquarter to confirm,” he said

While visiting leaders of the youngsters at the police headquarters, the deputy commissioner of police, Ibrahim Abdullahi, promised them that the suspect will be prosecuted before a Shari'ah court on Monday.

The state Commissioner for Information, Isah Bajini Galadanchi, who addressed a press conference at the Government House Exco Chamber, said
“The Governor of Sokoto State, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on behalf of the Government and people of Sokoto State condemns in strongest terms the unholy behaviour, stressing that his government would not condone such acts against Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) or any other Prophet of God or His Scriptures.

“The state Governor Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, cautions against politicising the issue as it’s time to come together in matters such as this.”

The governor also praised a group of young people who, despite party differences, banded together and sought relevant authorities rather than taking the law into their own hands.

Governor Tambuwal encouraged citizens to preserve peace and order, saying that all essential steps are being taken to solve the problem.

The government is already taking efforts, in conjunction with security services and other relevant authorities, to guarantee that proper actions are taken and that the suspect is brought before a competent court of law.