Nigerian Student Lynched for Blasphemy

Muslim students in the northwest Nigerian city of Sokoto stoned and burned a Christian student to death after accusing her of posting blasphemous statements on a WhatsApp group against the Prophet Muhammad on Thursday.

Sanusi Abubakar, a Sokoto police spokesperson, said dozens of Muslim students of Shehu Shagari College of Education went on a rampage after student Deborah Yakubu made a statement on WhatsApp that they considered offensive against the Prophet Muhammad.

“Students forcefully removed the victim from the security room where she was hidden by the school authorities, killed her, and burnt the building,” Abubakar said.

The message drew the outrage of students, who overpowered school security, beat Yakubu to death, and set the body on fire.

The Guardian news’ anonymous source said Yakubu had an argument with some of her schoolmates over their ongoing examination, and when asked how she managed to pass her exams, she said ‘it was Jesus’.

“She was asked to withdraw the statement and apologize, 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 remains were set ablaze and burnt beyond recognition in the school premises,” The Guardian’s unnamed source added.

Nigeria Commissioner of Information Isa Bajini Galadanchi said that Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal ordered the school’s closure and urged the Ministry of Higher Education and relevant security agencies to investigate the incident.

Shehu Shagari College of Education management described the incident in a circular dated May 12 as an early morning students’ rampage and ordered all students to vacate the college campus immediately.

Nigerians are using Twitter to protest the killing, calling on the government to guarantee justice for Yakubu.

Farooq Kperogi, a journalism professor at Kennesaw State University, also responded to the incident on Twitter.

“Murderers of Christian woman in Sokoto must be arrested & punished,” Kperogi said in a tweet.

Aisha Yesufu, a popular Muslim and human rights activist, said that ‘no one has the right in anyway whatsoever to kill another’.

“If you are one of those that lynch thieves just take this moment to know that you and those Sokoto students who killed their fellow student are the same. Hope you use this as a mirror into your despicable acts,” Yesufu said in a tweet.

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