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#Deborah: Nigerians Rage On Social Media Over Murdered Female Sokoto Student

Nigerians on Thursday took to the various social media platforms to vent their anger, and displeasure at the stoning to death and burning of a female student in Sokoto, Deborah Samuel, over alleged blasphemy. 

In unsparing tweets, posts, and comments, Nigerians condemned the resort by Sokoto youths to jungle justice, and self-help, while hashtags: #Deborah trended on Twitter for several hours. 

The female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, was on Thursday killed in a mob attack by students of the institution over alleged blasphemy. 

The source said: “She [Deborah] 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 said it was Jesus. 

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

“The school security officers intervened, and took her to their post, but they were overpowered by the protesting students who brought her out and killed her. “After killing her, her body was burnt on the school premises.” 

Meanwhile, authorities of the institution have closed down the school, just as students have been ordered to vacate the premises immediately. 

Also, the state government announced the immediate closure of the institution. 

According to a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Isah Bajini Galandanci, on behalf of the governor, the state government further directed the Ministry of Higher Education and relevant security agencies to commence investigations into the cause of the incident. 

The statement reads: “It has come to the notice of the Sokoto State government the unfortunate incident that took place at the Shehu Shagari College of Education (SSCOE), Sokoto, in which a student of the college lost her life. 

“The government has ordered the immediate closure of the college. 

“The governor has directed the Ministry of Higher Education and relevant security agencies in the state to commence investigation into the remote and immediate causes of the incident and report back to the government.” 

The statement further said the state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has called on the people of the state to remain calm and maintain peace while assuring that the government would take appropriate actions on the findings of the investigations by the relevant authorities. 

Also reacting to the incident, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, in a press statement signed on his behalf by the secretary of the Sultanate council, Sa’idu Muhammadu Maccido, condemned the killing of the student. 

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