Mathew Kukah, the Catholic Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese, has condemned the murder of a female student at the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto.
He also urged calm, stating that the tragedy had nothing to do with religion.
Deborah Samuel, a level-two student, was accused by the police of blaspheming the holy prophet Muhammad in a social media post (SAW).
According to the police, the students forcibly removed the victim from the secure room where she was hidden by school administrators, murdered her, and set the building on fire.
Today, Ms Deborah Yakubu, a 200-level Home Economics student, was brutally murdered at the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, Nigeria.
“We condemn this act in the strongest possible terms and demand that the authorities examine this tragedy and guarantee that all of the perpetrators are brought to justice.” The sole commitment owed to her immediate family, her classmates, and the school administration is the guarantee that those responsible for this horrible act, whatever their motivation, would be punished according to our current laws. This has no relation to religion. Over the years, Christians and their Muslim neighbours have coexisted amicably in Sokoto. “This must be considered criminal conduct, and the law must take action.”
In the meantime, I urge all Christians in Sokoto and the surrounding area to be quiet and to pray for the tranquilly of Ms. Deborah’s soul. This is the primary commitment we owe her. May God offer her everlasting rest and comfort her family.
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