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Sokoto residents protest arrest of suspected killers

Protesters have stormed the streets of Sokoto state to demand the release of suspected Deborah Samuel killers.

The protesters who stormed streets in large number on Saturday, wielded placards with inscriptions such as, “Release our Muslim brothers”, Muslims Are Not Terrorists”, among others.

Deborah Samuel, a 200-level Home Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, was on Thursday said to have made a comment in her school’s WhatsApp platform which her Muslim colleagues considered blasphemous of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) and killed her before setting her corpse ablaze.

Watch a video of the protest below;

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday strongly condemned the resort to self-help by the mob in Sokoto, resulting in violence, destruction and the killing of Deborah Samuel.

President Buhari said the news of the killing of the young lady by fellow students was a matter of concern and demanded an impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident.

The President in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu “noted that Muslims all over the world demand respect for the Holy Prophets, including Isah (Alaihissalaam, Jesus Christ) and Muhammad (SAW). But where transgressions occur, as alleged to be the case in this instance, the law does not allow anyone to take matters into their hands.

“Moreover, religious leaders preach that it is not for the believer to judge the actions of another person. The constituted authority must be allowed to deal with such matters when they arise. No person has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country. Violence has and never will solve any problem,” said the President.

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