Some youths in Sokoto stormed the palace of Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar and demanded the arrest of one Isma’ila Sani Isah who allegedly posted a blasphemous comment against the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) on his social media platform.
The suspect was said to have made the comment in protest of not getting a local government job.
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In the post, Isah accused one man in their area of denying him offer despite his financial problems.
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 5pm.
They were, however, denied entry by armed policemen led by the Divisional Police Officer of Marina police station, Chief Superintendent M Y Maru.
Maru while addressing them, pleaded for calm, saying the suspect was under detention at the Criminal Investigation Department of the state command.
“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
At the police headquarters, the deputy Commissioner of Police, Ibrahim Abdullahi, while receiving leaders of the youths assured them that the suspect would be arraigned before a Shari’ah court on Monday.
He appealed to them not to take laws into their hands.
Many residents had resorted to social media platforms to call for the head of the poster.