Deborah’s killing: Protest rocks Sokoto over students’ arrest

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Deborah Samuel (victim of the fatal mob attack for alleged blasphemy at Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto)

Youths in Sokoto metropolis staged a protest and demanded immediate release of some students arrested in connection with the murder of Deborah Yakubu, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education for alleged blasphemy.

The youth from different parts of Sokoto took to the streets and strategic places such as Sokoto Government House and Sultan’s Palace.

Witnesses said the protesters moved on the streets of Sokoto chanting “Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar” (God is great, God is great!) with placards conveying similar messages.

The protest took off from Zabira mall roundabout and  marched through Gao-nama onwards flyover within the seat of the caliphate.

A combined team of security operatives including soldiers from the 8 Division, Police, DSS, and NSCDC were closely monitoring the protest  to prevent any possible breakdown of law and order.

Deborah, a 200-level female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, was killed by angry mob on alleged insult to the Prophet Muhammad PBUH.

Nigeria Police in Sokoto, in a statement on Friday, said two suspects were arrested in connection with the murder.

Witnesses in Sokoto said some angry youths among the protesters burnt tyres on the streets and threw stones at the Sultan’s Palace.

It would be recalled that the Sultanate Council condemned the killing and urged security operatives to apprehend the perpetrators.

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