A female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State has on Thursday been burnt alive for allegedly making blasphemous comments against Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W).
The incident triggered tension in the school environment, causing the school’s management to order the immediate closure of the school.
Reports say the deceased passing unflattering comments against the Holy Prophet while speaking a voice note sent to a WhatsApp group.
Breaking: Listen To The Voice-note That Cost Deborah Her Life in Sokoto! https://t.co/HrxH9GGQqb
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) May 12, 2022
According to PeoplesGazette, following immediate threats to the safety of the student identified as Deborah, she was immediately evacuated to the security post of the school.
Unfortunately, the irate mob pursued her to the security post and overpowered the security personnels.
The student was according to reports, beaten to a pulp before she was set ablaze.
In a video trending on social media, some young men were seen hurling stones at the victim.
When the victim fell to the ground unconsciously, the attackers gathered tyres around her before she was set ablaze.
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Meanwhile, the school’s management in a circular dated May 12 announced the immediate closure of the college, describing the incident as an “early morning Students rampage”.
The circular reads;
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 (12th May, 2022).
Outraged by the incident, Nigerians have taken to Twitter to demand that Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, and other relevant stakeholders ensure justice is served.
Killing over blasphemy has been a recurring crisis across northern Nigeria for years, but authorities have not been able to address the situation.
Culprits are usually not arrested, or released shortly after being taken into custody in the predominantly Muslim region.