Authorities in the north-western Nigerian state of Sokoto have relaxed the 24-hour curfew imposed on the state capital following violent protests on Saturday. But a night-time shutdown is still in place.
Hundreds of Muslim demonstrators had taken to the streets demanding the release of suspects arrested in connection with the killing of a Christian student accused of blasphemy against Islam.
But the protests turned violent amid burning of tyres on the streets, looting of shops and blocking of major roads before police fired tear gas to disperse the crowds.
State governor Aminu Tambuwal then declared a round-the-clock curfew in Sokoto city where the demonstrations took place.
But in a statement, Sokoto state official Isah Bajini Galadanci, says the 24-hour curfew has been relaxed following a review of the security situation.
The curfew will now take effect from dusk to dawn, to enable people ‘"pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood".
The state government has however called on people to remain peaceful, warning that it "will not condone any breach of law and order".