Deborah Yakubu Samuel, a 200-level Home Economics student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, was mauled, killed, and burned on Thursday by a mob of Muslim youths who accused her of blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad on social media (S.A.W).
Deborah Yakubu Origin and Nationality
She is from Tungan Magajiya in Rijau Local Government, Nigeria’s Niger State.
Deborah Yakubu and her parents
Deborah, who is said to live with her parents in the Old Airport Road area of Sokoto metropolis, was accused of insulting Prophet Muhammad (SAW) during a heated argument with her classmates.
According to reports, she turned down a Muslim proposal to date her. As a result, she was accused of insulting Prophet Muhammad.
Reactions to Deborah Yakubu’s Death
Later, the Sokoto State Police Command announced the arrest of two suspects in connection with Deborah Samuel’s lynching.
According to Sanusi Abubakar, the state police public relations officer, other suspects caught in the viral video on Twitter “will soon be nailed too.”
According to Mr Abubakar, the students “forcefully removed the victim from the security room where she had been hidden by the school authorities, killed her, and set fire to the building.”
He stated that the school had been closed and that members of the force had been deployed to provide security on the school grounds.
He went on to say that the state commissioner of police, Kamaldeen Okunlola, had urged residents to keep the peace and carry out their legal responsibilities. He claimed that the situation was under control.
“At about 0900hrs, a distress call was received from Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, stating that students were rioting over one female student named Deborah Samuel, a level two student, who was accused of making a social media post that blasphemed the holy prophet Muhammad,” the statement read in part (SAW). Students forcibly removed the victim from the security room where she had been hidden by school authorities, murdered her, and set fire to the building.
“The students joined forces with miscreants to barricade the Sokoto-Jega road.”
“Upon receiving the information, DC Operations directed a team of police officers and all other operational commanders in the state to the school, where the road was cleared and the situation was brought under control.” In connection with the crime, two students were arrested.
“The school has been closed by the school administration, and police officers have been deployed to provide tight security coverage.”
The statement also stated that the other suspects identified in the viral video of the incident will be apprehended.
The killing has also been condemned by the Sokoto Sultanate Council.
The Council, in a statement issued by its secretary, Sa’idu Mohammadu Maccido, urged security agencies to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The council urged the general public to remain calm and peaceful with one another.
“The Sultanate Council has learned with dismay of the unfortunate incident at the Shehu Shagari College of Education, SSCOE Sokoto, which resulted in the death of a female student of the institution,” the statement reads.
“The Sultanate Council condemns the incident in its entirety and has urged security agencies to bring those responsible to justice.”
“The Sultanate Council has urged everyone to maintain calm and ensure peaceful coexistence among all people of the state and nation.”
The gruesome murder of Deborah Yakubu was described as criminal by the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, on Thursday.
In a statement, the revered cleric charged authorities at all levels with finding the perpetrators and ensuring justice is served.
In a statement, Kukah stated that the perpetrators, regardless of their motivation, must be punished.
‘Murder of Ms Deborah Yakubu,’ said Kukah in his statement.
“We condemn this incident in the strongest terms and call on the authorities to investigate this tragedy and ensure that all of the perpetrators are brought to justice,” it said in part.
“The only obligation owed to her immediate family, her fellow students, and the school authorities is the assurance that those who commit this inhuman act, regardless of their motivation, are punished in accordance with the laws of our land.”
“There is nothing religious about this.” Over the years, Christians in Sokoto have coexisted peacefully with their Muslim brothers.
“This must be treated as a criminal offense, and the law must take its course.”
Other prominent Nigerians have condemned the act.
“I just watched a horrific video of a student identified as Deborah of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto being beaten and burned to death by some young people for’religious blasphemy,'” says Oby Ezekwesili.
And not a single member of the school administration stepped in? They and her assassins have a CASE.”
“You all who have participated in lynching and killing of your fellow citizens are all the same,” Aisha Yesufu says. That justification for your own murder is heinous. You are all monsters who should have been prosecuted by the government long ago.
“You wear religion on your sleeve but do not practice what the religion teaches you.”
Monsters with a bloodlust.
“It’s not just arrest! Investigation and prosecution by Peoper. Police should collect evidence meticulously and not muddle the case in court. Bridget’s murderers were apprehended and later released.
“They should be arrested and charged with murder.”
No human being has the right to take another’s life.
This is how we have been breeding serial killers, and we wonder why Nigeria has so many wanton killings.” She continued.
“The gruesome killing of the female student, whose name I understand to be Deborah, in Sokoto on allegations of blaspheming prophet Mohammed SAW must be investigated and the perpetrators severely punished,” Reno Omokri says. @Elrufai slandered Christ, but Christians did not execute him!”