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‘Blasphemy’: Sultan Reacts To Killing Of Deborah Samuel At Sokoto College Of Education

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Abubakar has condemned the gruesome murder of a female student at the Shehu Shagari College of Education identified as Deborah Samuel.

This follows the killing and setting ablaze of Deborah over alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (SAW) by her colleagues in the school.

The Sultan in his reaction on Thursday after the unfortunate incident happened called for peaceful existence among all Nigerians.

He also charged security operatives to go after the perpetrators and ensure justice is done.

The Sultan’s reaction was conveyed in a statement by the secretary of the sultanate council, Sa’idu Maccido as the traditional ruler urged everyone to “remain calm and ensure peaceful co-existence among all people of the state and nation”.
In a bid to bring the perpetrators to book, the Sokoto State police command confirmed on Thursday evening that two persons have been arrested while others are still been trailed.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, in a statement made available to newsmen in the state said: “At about 0900hrs, a distress call was received from the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, stating that students were rioting over one female student named Deborah Samuel, a 200 level student, who was accused of making a social media post that blasphemed the holy prophet Muhammad (SAW).

“Students forcefully removed the victim from the security room where she was hidden by the school authorities, killed her and burnt the building. The students banded together with miscreants and barricaded the Sokoto/Jega road.

“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.

“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,” the statement partly read.

The statement further said the State Commissioner of Police, CP Kamaldeen Okunlola, is appealing to members of the public to go about their lawful activities and should not panic as the situation is under control.

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