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 Alleged blasphemy: Mob burns student of Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto to death


Deborah and suspect


A mob suspected to be students of the Shehu Shagari College of Education (SSCOE) Sokoto, Thursday, set ablaze one Ms Deborah Yakubu an NCE 2 student of Home Economics Department on allegation of blasphemy.

Deborah was accused of speaking against the prophet in her response to an issue in a WhatsApp group suspected to be created by their class.

Her comment in the group, according to several accounts, elicited the anger of those who said that she has blasphemed the Prophet leading to mob action against her before she was set ablaze.

Reacting to the incident, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, urged the security agencies to bring those involved in the gruesome murder of Ms Deborah to book.

A statement that the Bishop personally signed decried the ugly incident. It reads: “I have received with deep shock the news of the tragedy that has occurred in the Shehu Shagari College of Education, leading to the gruesome murder of Ms Deborah Yakubu, a 200 level Home Economics Student today.

“We condemn this incident in the strongest terms and call on the authorities to investigate this tragedy and ensure that all the culprits are brought to book. The only obligation that is owed her immediate family, her fellow students and the school authorities is the assurance that those who are guilty of this inhuman act, no matter their motivation are punished according to extant laws of the land.

“This has nothing to do with Religion. Christians have lived peacefully with their Muslim neighbours here in Sokoto over the years. This matter must be treated as a criminal act and the law must take it’s cause”.

Bishop Kukah who admonished Christians to pray for the repose of her soul and equally pray God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Similarly worried by the development, the State Government through a statement signed by Commissioner for Information, Hon Isah Bajini Galadanci said it has ordered immediate investigation into the cause of the incident.

Hon Bajini, while noting that the State Government has equally ordered immediate closure of the College, added that Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal is deeply pained by the incident but appealed to all to be law abiding as they await the outcome of the investigation.

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