Deborah, a female student at the Shehu Shagari College of Education (SSCOE) in Sokoto, was allegedly tortured and burned to death on blasphemy charges today, Thursday, May 12.
Deborah, who is claimed to live with her parents in Sokoto’s Old Airport Road neighbourhood, was accused of insulting Prophet Muhammad (SAW) after a heated debate with her classmates.
“She 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.
The school security intervened, and took her to their post but they were overpowered by students after which she was killed in the process. After killing her, her body was burnt on the school premises”, a source said.
The state administration has asked security agencies to examine the event, according to the Commissioner of Information, Isah Bajini Galadanchi, who spoke to reporters at Government House in Sokoto. It also ordered the college’s immediate closure.
“It has come to the notice of 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.
Already, the State Governor, Rt Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has directed the Ministry of Higher Education, and relevant Security agencies in the State to commence investigations into the remote and immediate causes of the incident and report back to the Government.
Meanwhile, Governor Ammu Waziri Tambuwal has called on the people of the State to remain calm and maintain peace, as the Government would take appropriate actions on the findings of the investigations by the relevant authority” Galadanchi said.