Deborah Samuel: Police disperse muslim youths protesting in Sokoto, injuring two.
Residents of Sokoto State, primarily youths, are currently protesting the arrest of two people suspected of being involved in the blasphemy-related killing of Deborah Samuel, a female student at the Shehu Shagari College of Education.
Protesters stormed the Sultan of Sokoto’s palace on Saturday, setting up a bonfire near the structure and demanding the release of the two suspects.
However, armed police officers used tear gas canisters to disperse the enraged crowd, injuring two people.
According to witnesses, the protesters became violent and began throwing objects at the police.
The demonstrators held placards that read, among other things, “Release our Muslim Brothers” and “Muslims Are Not Terrorists.”
One Jefiter John, writing on social media, advised residents to stay inside and avoid areas where protesters were present.
Another user on social media requested that the government declare a curfew in order for peace to reign.
The trouble began after the deceased was accused of making a blasphemous remark on a WhatsApp group where her classmates were present.
A religious post was said to have been shared on the platform. Deborah was accused of making a blasphemous statement against Prophet Muhammad while criticising him.
“College security had to intervene by whisking her to their office,” sources said, “but they were overwhelmed by students, who later killed her and set her body ablaze.”
On Friday, Governor Aminu Tambuwal met with religious leaders to defuse tensions.
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