The latest development was contained in a press statement signed by the Command Public Relations Officer, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, and made available to newsmen in the state on Thursday.
According to the police, Deborah Samuel, a level-two student, was accused of making a social media post that blasphemed the holy prophet Muhammad (SAW).
The police said the students forcefully removed the victim from the security room where she was hidden by the school authorities, killed her and burnt the building.
ASP Abubakar stated;
At about 0900hrs, a distress call was received from the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, stating that students were rioting over one female student named Deborah Samuel, a NCE 2 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.
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.
Videos circulating on social media show men stoning and flogging a motionless body draped in red attire.
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Some footage also captured a raging fire as a man faced the camera, claiming that he killed and burnt her, and brandishing a matchbox.
This is really pathetic!🤦🏾♀️ “God is great” check out what this guy is saying and the full video of Deborah deatg https://t.co/4pLjOyH4BE#Sokoto #ASUU #Blasphemy #murder #StrangeNewWorlds #aisha Jesus Christ Quran Sokoto Asuu pic.twitter.com/csug3OXAaj
— Victoria Abifarin (@VAbifarin) May 12, 2022
Reacting, Sokoto police command vowed that the suspects in the viral video on Twitter were spotted and will be nailed soon, according to a statement signed by
According to Mr. Abubakar, the school has been shut down and additional police personnel deployed to the area.
The statement further said the State Commissioner of Police, CP 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.
He further assured that the suspects in the viral video on Twitter were spotted, and will be nailed soon.