'What do you hope to achieve with this' Deborah Samuel's last words before death

Rakia, a classmate of the murdered student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State, has given insight into what happened to her friend.

Deborah Samuel was stoned, beaten with sticks and burnt to death in broad daylight by Muslim jihadists over alleged blasphemy.

Rakia said Deborah was killed by students and some hired "foreigners" hired by some aggrieved students who believed she had insulted Prophet Muhammad.

The student who said she is still terrified by the incident revealed Deborah's last statement before she was lynched by the mobs of Muslim Students on Thursday.


Rakia, who confided in Vanguard correspondent, said Deborah's last question was, "what do you hope to achieve with this?"

She said Deborah was flogged, stoned, killed and burnt in what she described as the "most horrible thing" she had ever witnessed.

She said, "Deborah was my course mate. I had just stepped into the class when the uproar on her voice note started.

"It was her coursemates that started it. It all started with a debate on the upcoming examination on a general WhatsApp platform created for our coursemates.

"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.'

"We were made to understand that some young men were brought from outside (the campus) before the outrage. I was in class when some of our coursemates rushed in, saying, "There is fire on the mountain o."

Rakia added that the Muslim students hired strangers to deal with Deborah, but other students tried to help her to escape.

"They got a cab waiting outside to drive her straight to the police station, but unfortunately, the mob overpowered everyone who tried to save her.

"The last word in her mouth was, "What do you hope to achieve with this?" By then, some of our coursemates were making calls to some of our lecturers to save the situation.

"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," she said.

The killing of Deborah had caused a nationwide outrage as eminent personalities and groups, including the Christian Association of Nigeria, and the Sultan of Sokoto, among others, have called for the arrest of the culprits.

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