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Alleged blasphemy: Police nab suspects over killing of female college student in Sokoto

Sokoto State Police command has arrested two suspects over the killing of a female student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto over alleged blasphemy.


The student identified as Deborah Samuel, was mobbed and burnt by some students of the school for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad.

The incident which was said to have taken place on Thursday morning led to a riot in the school. The college authority eventually shut down the school over the incident.

The police in a statement by its spokesman, Sanusi Abubakar, said two suspects had been arrested while others identified in the video of the incident would be fished out.

He said the state command received a distress call from Shehu Shagari College of Education in the morning hours stating “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).

“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,” he said.

He explained that 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 Commissioner of Police, Sokoto State Command, 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.

“Meanwhile, the suspects in the viral video on Twitter were spotted and will be nailed soon,” he added.

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