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Sokoto students set ablaze female colleague for allege blasphemy

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

A yet-to-be-identified female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto has been reportedly beaten and burnt to death by fellow students for allegedly criticising Islamic injunctions within the academic environment.

The female student, as gathered, was attacked by her male students, who were said to be angered that she spoke against tenets of the religion, rather than keep quiet.

In the video obtained by our correspondent on Thursday, the deceased student, who wore a red dress, was seen to have fallen while trying to run to safety, and rather than the students leave, the beating continued and was later set ablaze with the aid of used tyres around the premises.

The female student identified by her colleagues as Deborah Samuel, was said to have made a blasphemous comment on a cross-platform mobile messaging app, WhatsApp group.

A student from the school narrated that Deborah made the comment that ignited reactions when a member of the group posted a message on the academic platform for all members to critique.

It was learnt that her comment did not go down well with other members of the group who were not of the same faith as him and that attracted their reactions.

The deceased student

Another member of the group, who spoke on anonymity, disclosed that the female student was asked to apologies to other members that were Muslims but that she declined and held tenaciously to her stance.

According to the source, Deborah’s stance allegedly heightened tension around the school, with her attackers aiming to lynch her.

In a bid to prevent any breakdown of law and order, the college security personnel were said to have intervened and whisked her to their office.

Minutes after the students realised that she was been held by the security, they stormed their post and overpowered them, and later set her ablaze.

The tragedy was confirmed by the Commissioner of Information, Isa Galadanchi, who condemned the action and described it as barbaric.

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