Sokoto State: Female student burnt to death for blasphemy

A female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto has been burnt to death for blasphemy.

The girl identified as Deborah Yakubu was killed on Thursday morning for disrespecting Prophet Mohammed.

A gory video seen by Standard Gazette showed an angry mob stoning and beating Deboral with sticks until she became motionless.

Having beaten her to a stupor, she was set on fire while the extremists captured the moment on camera.

Scene of the crime as crowd surrounds the burning of Deborah
Scene of the crime as crowd surrounds the burning of Deborah

In a voice note, she allegedly reacted against posting religious content in their class group chat on WhatsApp.

She had allegedly used the F word, according to an unconfirmed post on Twitter.

A former Minister of Education, Dr Oby Ezekwisili, responded to the video, querying why no school official intervened before she was killed.

"I just watched a horrific video of a student identified as Deborah of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto being beaten and burnt to death by some young people for 'religious blasphemy'. And not ONE among the school authority intervened? They and her killers have a CASE, Oby posted on her Twitter page.

Meanwhile, the Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has ordered the immediate closure of the school pending an investigation.

A statement by the Commissioner for Education, Alh Isah Bajani Galadanci, described the incident as "unfortunate".

"The Government has ordered the immediate closure of the College. Already, the state Governor Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has directed the Ministry of Higher Education and relevant Security agencies in the State to commence investigations into the removal and immediate causes of the incident and report back to the Government," the statement reads.

Meanwhile, Governor Tambuwal has called on the people of the State to remain calm and maintain peace, as the Government would take appropriate actions on the findings of the investigations by the relevant authority.

Religious Extremism in Northern Nigeria.

Bashir Ahmad tweet in 2015
Bashir Ahmad tweet in 2015

Nigeria is religiously divided between the Christian dominated South and the Muslim dominated north.

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, was once appointed by the terrorist Boko Haram to represent them at a round table talk.

One of his aides, Bashir Ahmad, in 2015, tweeted that he supported the death sentence for blasphemy and the current Nigeria Minister of communication,

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