Mob Burnt Student Alive Over Alleged Blasphemy in Sokoto

Deborah Samuel of the department of Early Childhood Education, NCE II, Shehu Shagari College of Education was burned alive in Sokoto on Thursday, May 12th, in a brutal and horrible act over alleged blasphemy.

Miss Deborah, a 200-level Home Economics student at Sokoto’s Shehu Shagari College of Education, was stoned to death today and her body set on fire by her classmates. She warned their Whatsapp group that posting religious stuff in their study group is a waste of time.

Deborah was beaten to a pulp after being accused of blaspheming the Holy Prophet. Young males hurled stones at her in a video obtained by the news organization. Some also hit her with sticks and other items. A roaring fire was also seen on camera, with a man claiming to have killed and burned her while brandishing a matchbox.

The Charge

In the voice note that caused her death, Deborah said this in Hausa, “Holy Ghost fire, nothing will happen to us. the group is not created for sending nonsense things. It is created to send past questions, if there is test, or if we are given assignments not all these nonsense things. Which kind prophet, nonsense prophet”

The voice note by Deborah blaspheming against the Almighty Allah and prophet Mohammed (S.A.W) went viral which erupted in a protest in the school today.

In the melee that ensued, she was asked to withdraw the statement and apologise, which she refused.

The school security intervened and took her to their security post for safety, but they were overpowered by the rampaging students who were baying for her blood, after which she was killed in the process.

“After killing her, her body was burnt on the school premises,” a source said.

The Nigerian Police Force Has Issued A Statement

The Sokoto State Police Command has verified the arrest of two people in connection with the assassination of a female student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, allegedly for making a blasphemous statement.

According to the police the students banded together with miscreants and barricaded the Sokoto/Jega road.

In a statement signed by spokesperson, Sanusi Abubakar, the police said it has arrested two persons in connection with the killing.

He said the police mobilised to scene of the incident upon receiving the information led by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operation and other commanders to bring the situation under control.

According to Mr. Abubakar, the school has been shut down and additional police personnel deployed to the premises.

He also noted that the Commissioner of Police, Sokoto State Command, Kamaldeen Kola Okunlola, has appealed to members of the public to go about their lawful activities and not panic as the situation is under control.

The police also vowed that the suspects in the viral video on Twitter were spotted and will be nailed soon.

Sokoto Sultanate Demands Justice

On the 12th of May 2022, Sai’du Muhammadu Maccido Danburan Sokoto, Secretary of the Sultanate Council of Sokoto, issued a statement. It said, “The Sultanate Council condemned the incident in its totality and has urged the security agencies to bring perpetrators of the unjustifiable incident to justice.

The Sultanate Council has urged all to remain calm and ensure peaceful co-existence among all people of the State and nation.


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