Blasphemy: Killing Of Female Christian Student By Mob in North West Nigeria, Sparks Nationwide Condemnation

A part two student of the Department of Home Economics of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto in Sokoto State, Deborah Yakubu, has been reportedly killed by an angry mob, in the early hours of Thursday, for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.

An anonymous eyewitness said trouble started when there was a heated argument on the departmental Whatsapp platform, between the deceased and her colleague.

The arguments later attracted the attention of the angry mob, who pelted the lady with stones, killing and setting her body ablaze.

The Sokoto State Commissioner For Information, Isah Galadanchi, in a press briefing, described the incident as unfortunate.

The information commissioner said, his principal, Governor Aminu Tambuwal who is away, has directed that an investigation into the matter be carried out immediately by the Ministry of Higher Education, to unravel those behind the dastardly act.

He urged everybody to remain calm, as the government would do everything, to unravel the circumstances behind the incident.

Galadanchi added that the state government has directed the immediate closure of the institution, to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

Military personnel have already been deployed to the college premises and other schools in the area.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, condemned the incident in totality.

According to the Sultan, nobody has the right to take the law into his or her hands.

He, therefore, asked the law enforcement agencies to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto state has been shutdown after what appears to be a religiously motivated riot led to the gruesome killing of a 200-level student, Deborah Yakubu

In a video of the incident seen by newsmen, the young student was seen being stoned and clobbered with sticks as her body lay motionless

FAT gathered that the act was motivated by a claim of blasphemy with a mob resorting to the violent attack

Meanwhile the Catholic diocese of Sokoto has described the act as “murder”

In a statement signed by Most Reverend Matthew Hassan Kukah, the diocese “condemned the incident in the strongest terms” with a “call on the authorities to investigate the tragedy and ensure all the culprits are brought to book”

The statement says the only obligation that is owed the family of Deborah and her fellow students is the assurance that those guilty of the inhuman act, no matter their motivation are punished according to extant laws

It however says the act has nothing to do with religion, maintaining that Christians have lived in peace with their Muslim neighbors in Sokoto state for years

The diocese urges all Christians in Sokoto to remain calm and pray for the repose of Deborah’s soul

Also, the Sultan of Sokoto has condemned the incident, calling on “security agencies to bring perpetrators of the unjustifiable incident to justice”

A statement signed by the secretary of the sultanate council of Sokoto Sa’idu Maccido appeals for all to remain calm and ensure peaceful coexistence among all the people of the state and the nation