A Christian student by the name Deborah Samuel was killed in Sokoto, Nigeria for blasphemy.
Deborah Samuel, a 200-level Home Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, is alleged to have made a comment in her school’s WhatsApp group which her Muslim colleagues considered to blaspheme Prophet Mohammed (SAW).
This led to her death through stoning and use of planks on 12 May. Later he body was set on fire.
A fellow course-mate by the name Rakia was interviewed by the Vanguard from her parents home in Gida Kaya in Sokoto state stated that this was the most horrible scene that she experienced.
“It was her own course mates that started it. One of them said Deborah dared them by refusing to apologise when she was asked to. It all started with a debate on the upcoming examination on a general WhatsApp platform created for our course mates. One of the students asked her how she passed the last semester’s examination and in response, she said it was ‘Jesus o’.
“Immediately, about three other chats came in from two Muslims and one Christian, telling her to retract the statement. Two students from other departments who overheard some Muslim boys discussing the matter told Deborah’s close friends to prevail on her to retract the statement. But she replied via a voice note on the platform ‘Holy Ghost fire. Nothing will happen to me. Is it by force that you guys will always be sending this religious stuff in this group? The group wasn’t created for that but rather as a notice on test, assignment, exam, etc, not this nonsense religious posts.
“We were made to understand that some young men were brought from outside before the outrage. I was in class when some of our coursemates rushed in, saying ‘there is fire on the mountain o’.
“The Muslim students led the strangers to the class to look for her. In fear, those in the class tried to help her escape and took her to the security post from where they hoped to create a way for her to run outside.
“Already, a cab was waiting outside to drive her straight to the police station. Unfortunately, the mob overpowered everyone who tried to save her. They even threatened to kill anyone who attempted to stand in their way.
“She was dragged out, flogged and stoned.
“The last word in her mouth was ‘what do you hope to achieve with this?’ By then some of our course-mates were making calls to some of our lecturers to save the situation.
“At a point, all the Christian students fled the school premises. It was when I got home that I heard she was set ablaze.
“Since the incident, I have been having a flash of her pleading expression. She pleaded for mercy and called out for help but it was far from her. What a cruel way to die.”
Another Muslim student who did not want her name in print kicked against the mob action on the late Deborah.
She told the publication: “What happened did not warrant her death. We are calling on the government to make a policy that kicks against attack on anyone accused of blasphemy.”
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