Thursday, a female student at the Shehu Shagari College of Education in the state of Sokoto was burned alive for supposed blasphemy.
The student was beaten to pulp after being accused of disrespecting the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.).
In a video of the incident viewed by our correspondent, young men can be seen throwing rocks at her. Some also hit her with sticks and other items.
When the victim slumped unconscious to the ground, her attackers surrounded her with tyres before setting her ablaze.
The Daily Trust learned that a teenager named only as Deborah allegedly made a profane comment in a WhatsApp group.
The group was founded by her colleagues and acted as a forum for scholarly discussion, according to a source.
Deborah made a derogatory remark against the Prophet when criticising a religious comment posted on the platform, as reported by a third party.
According to a second source, she made the remark after an altercation with a fellow student at the dormitory.
“She was urged to apologise, but she refused, heightening tension inside the school.” The college security staff had to intervene by rushing her to their office, but they were overrun by students who later lit her on fire, a source added.
Commissioner of Information Isa Bajini Galadanchi told reporters at Government House, Sokoto, that Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal had ordered the institution to be closed and instructed the ministry of Higher Education and relevant security agencies to examine the incident.
Bajini stated, “The Governor has asked the people of the state to be calm and maintain peace while the administration takes appropriate measures based on the investigation’s findings.”
When our reporter reached the school, he saw heavily armed security personnel patrolling the grounds while students left with their stuff.