Blasphemy: Police Arrest 2 Suspects Over Killing of Female College Student in Sokoto

Blasphemy: Police Arrest 2 Suspects Over Killing of Female College Student in Sokoto

  • The killing and burning of a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education. Sokoto has continued to raise reactions from several agencies
  • A recent reaction is from the leadership of the Nigeria police in Sokoto stating that two suspects of the criminal act have been arrested
  • The police in the state also said that students of the institution overpowered the security operatives in the room where she was kept for safety before killing and burning her

The Nigerian Police in Sokoto have announced the arrest of two suspects following the killing and burning of a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto.

A statement by the spokesperson of Sokoto command, Assistant Superintendent of Police Sanusi Abubakar, which was seen by said the suspects who are also students of the institution were connected to the crime.

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Abubakar in the statement said that the police had received distress from the school at about 0900hrs on Thursday, May 12.

Deborah Samuel, Nigeria Police, Students, Sokoto, Shehu Shagari College of Education
The police in Sokoto said that students overpowered security operatives, and dragged out Deborah Samuel before killing and burning her to death. Photo: Amadi Jonah, Nigeria Police
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He added that the call hinted to the police that students were rioting over one female student named Deborah Samuel, a level two student, who was accused of making a social media post that blasphemed the holy prophet Muhammad (SAW).

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The Sokoto police spokesperson said that the students forcefully removed the victim from the security room where she was hidden by the school authorities, killed her and burnt the building.

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

His words:

"Upon receiving the information, the DC Operations led a team of policemen and all other operational commanders in the state to the school where the road was cleared and the situation was brought under control.

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"Two students were arrested in connection with the crime committed. The school has been closed down by the school authority, and policemen were deployed to give tight security coverage."

He also added that the commissioner of police for the Sokoto state command, CP Kamaldeen kola Okunlola, is appealing to members of the public to go about their lawful activities.

The students were also advised not to panic as the situation is under control.

Abubakar added:

"Meanwhile, the suspects in the viral video on Twitter were spotted and will be nailed soon."

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A female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto was beaten and burnt to death for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).

Governor Aminu Tambuwal in reaction to the unfortunate incident ordered the closure of the school and directed the ministry of education and security agencies to investigate the matter.

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Meanwhile, the treatment of those deemed to have insulted the prophet of Islam (Muhammad), or the religion itself in Nigeria’s northern region is a source of concern.

Tragedy hits as 16-year-old female student gets killed while waiting for Nigerian governor reported earlier that Rahab Hassan, a Senior Secondary I student was killed by a commercial driver identified as Abubakar Umar in Kumo town of Akko local government area of Gombe state.

It was reported that the young girl was knocked down while on the line up along the ever-busy Gombe-Yola highway while waiting to welcome Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya.

The Gombe state governor was billed to visit the town to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding with a foreign university.


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