#Outrage As Students Beat, Burn Female Colleague For ‘Blasphemy’ In Sokoto

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Nigerians on Thursday demanded justice for a yet-to-be-identified female student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in‪ Sokoto State after she was mobbed and burnt by some students of the school for allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

This is as the school’s management also directed the immediate closure of the school following the incident.

The incident was said to have taken place on Thursday morning. The female student, it was learnt, was beaten to death and subsequently burnt by fanatical Muslim students in the school for alleged blasphemy.

A source who spoke with our correspondent in the state confirmed that the deceased, named Deborah, was alleged to have used a blasphemous language.

“She (the deceased) was having an argument with some of her schoolmates over their ongoing examination and when she was asked how she managed to pass her exams.

“She was asked to withdraw the statement and apologise which she refused.

“The school security intervened, and took her to their post but they were overpowered by the students after which she was killed in the process.

“After killing her, she was burnt down on the school premises”, the source said.

But the school’s management in a circular dated May 12, 2022, while announcing the immediate closure of the college, described the incident as an “early morning students rampage”.

The circular read, “Following today’s early morning students rampage in the college, the College Management has resolved to close down the college indefinitely with immediate effect. Consequently, all students are hereby directed to vacate the college campus immediately (May 12, 2022).”

Outraged by the incident, Nigerians on Twitter asked the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure justice is served.

See reactions:

@aproko_doctor wrote, “Video of that female student murdered in Sokoto by a mob for “religious reasons” is proof that we have a long way to go in this country. Her murderers made a video about it, knowing that nothing will happen to them. They’d even be praised in certain quarters. The year is 2022.”

@SavvyRinu, “A female student was killed by her own people in Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto today. According to them, she insulted the prophet. She was murdered in a school & the school authorities couldn’t intervene. What kind of country is this?

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