Tense in some areas of Sokoto State as demonstrators took to the streets in response to the arrest of suspects in the suspected blasphemy-motivated murder of a female student.
Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student at Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, was allegedly murdered for blasphemy, as reported by Daily Trust.
The protesters carried signs with various messages, including “Release our Muslim brothers” and “Muslims Are Not Terrorists.”
Prior to the protest, security forces were stationed in crucial locations, including the Palace of the Sultan of Sokoto.
Commenting on social media, Jefiter John urged citizens to remain indoors and avoid protesting locations.
Another social media user requested that the government implement a curfew in order for peace to prevail.
The conflict began after the deceased allegedly made the blasphemous remark on a WhatsApp group containing her classmates.
On the platform, someone allegedly shared a religious post. Deborah was alleged to have made derogatory statements against Prophet Muhammad while criticising the individual in question.
“College security staff had to intervene by rushing her to their office, but they were overrun by students who eventually killed her and set fire to her body,” a source told Daily Trust.
On Friday, Governor Aminu Tambuwal met with religious leaders to diffuse tension.