#JusticeForDeborah: Sultan, Bishop Kukah Condemn Gruesome Killing Of Student In Sokoto, Seek Justice

Photo collage of Sokoto Sultanate Council and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah.
Sokoto Sultanate Council and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah.

Sokoto Sultanate Council and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, have condemned the brutal killing of a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto state.

MDB earlier reported that the student, identified as Deborah Samuel, was lynched by some male Muslim students and set on fire for allegedly insulting Prophet Mohammed.

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The development has since triggered angry reactions from Nigerians, who lamented how there are increasing cases of

Reacting to the incident, the school management has since shut down academic activities in the institution till further notice.

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On its part, the Sultanate Council in a statement issued by its secretary, Sa’idu Mohammadu Maccido, called on security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.

The council also called on members of the public to remain calm and live peacefully with one another.

The statement reads;

The Sultanate Council has learnt with dismay the unfortunate happening 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 condemns the incident in its totality and has urged the security agencies to bring the 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.

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.

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Meanwhile, Bishop Kukah in his statement expressed deep shock about the news and strongly condemned the act.

He stated;

I have just received with deep shock the news of the tragedy that occurred in the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, leading to the gruesome murder of Ms Deborah Yakubu, a 200 level Home Economics student today.

We condemn this incident in the strongest terms and call on the authorities to investigate this tragedy and ensure that all the culprits are brought to book. The only obligation that is owed her immediate family, her fellow students and the school authorities is the assurance that those who are guilty of this inhuman act, no matter their motivation, are punished according to our extant laws of the land. This has nothing to do with religion.

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The venerated Cleric stressed;

Christians have lived peacefully with their Muslim neighbours here in Sokoto over the years. This matter must be treated as a criminal act and the law must take its cause. Meanwhile, I wish to call on all Christians in Sokoto and around to remain calm and to please pray for the repose of the soul of Ms Deborah. It is the first obligation that we owe her. May God grant her eternal rest and console her immediate family.

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