13th May, 2022
The Sokoto sultanate council has asked security operatives to bring culprits behind the lynching of a second year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel over alleged blasphemy to justice.
The female student was stoned to death by some of her colleagues and and later set ablaze over the voice note she shared on her class WhatsApp group allegedly disparaging the Prophet of Islam, Muhammad.
Some of her colleagues who were angered by the statement had forcefully hijacked her from the school’s security operatives and proceeded to stone her to death and thereafter, set her ablaze.
The Sokoto State Police Command said two of those who participated in the lynching of Samuel have been arrested.
But the Sultanate Council, headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, the head of all Muslims in Nigeria, in a statement of Thursday described the action of the students as as unjustifiable while urging security operatives to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“The Sultanate Council has learnt with dismay the unfortunate happenings at the Shehu Shagari College of Education, (SSCOE) Sokoto that led to the loss of life of a female student of the Institution.
“The Sultanate council condemned the incident in its totality and has urged the security agencies to bring perpetrators of the unjustifiable incident to justice.
“The Sultanate council has urged all to remain calm and ensure peaceful co-existence among all people of the state and nation,” the Sultanate Council said in the statement issued by Saidu Maccido,its secretary.