Islam abhors jungle justice: NASFAT speaks on Deborah's killing


Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike, NASFAT Chief Missioner

By Uchenna Eletuo

The Nasrul-Lahi-l-Fatih Society (NASFAT) Nigeria on Saturday condemned the alleged extra-judicial killing of Ms Deborah Samuel, a female student of Shagari College of Education, Sokoto.

The Chief Missioner NASFAT, Imam Abdul Azeez Onike, said this in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Abdul Akeem-Yusuf and made available to newsmen in Lagos.

Onike said the sad incident of extra-judicial punishment meted out to a lady in Sokoto recently, which resulted in her death, was condemnable.

“Religion and all its paraphernalia meant to worship Allah are for man and not man for those.

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“In the case of any disrespectful act on those religious paraphernalia or on Allah, capital punishment is not the answer but civilly, calling the person involved to order by making him or her understand that he or she committed sacrilege for him to refrain from such and not to kill,” he said.

Onike advised against reprisals and unnecessary maligning of a particular ethnic group or religion over the incident.

He added that jungle justice, becoming rampant in our country, was a condemnable act by all religions.

The cleric urged the law enforcement agents to do a thorough investigation, arrest all culprits and speedily bring justice to bear.

Samuel was allegedly killed for objecting that religious matters should not be posted in their class online platform meant for academic information.

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