Crisis hits Sokoto as protesters demand release of suspects arrested for killing Deborah

Crisis has ensued in Sokoto State on Saturday as protesters trooped to the streets over the arrest of suspects involved in the killing of a female student over alleged blasphemy.

Some youths in the state had earlier murdered one Deborah Samuel over alleged blasphemy at the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto.

Deborah was a 200 Level student of the school. The incident has been attacked with several condemnations and criticisms.

However, a new development has now resulted into protests in the state after protesters demanded the release of some suspects arrested for perpetrating the crime.

The protesters trooped out and wielded placards with inscriptions such as, “Release our Muslim brothers”, Muslims Are Not Terrorists”, among others.

Ahead of the protest, security personnel were stationed at strategic places, including the Sultan of Sokoto Palace.

Commenting on social media, one Jefiter John, asked residents to stay indoors and avoid areas where the protesters were.

Another social media user asked the government to declare curfew for peace to reign.

Trouble started after the deceased was said to have made the blasphemous comment on a WhatsApp group where her classmates were.

Someone was said to have shared a religious post on the platform. Criticising the person, Deborah was said to have made blasphemous statement against Prophet Muhammad.

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