Suspects Arrested For Deborah’s Death Are Sentenced To Jail

Suspects Arrested For Deborah's Death Are Sentenced To Jail
Suspects Arrested For Deborah’s Death Are Sentenced To Jail

Two people have been charged with the murder of Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto who was accused of blasphemy.

Monday, college students and accused Bilyaminu Aliyu and Aminu Hukunchi were arraigned in a state magistrate’s court.

According to the Police First Information Report, the accused were arraigned following the mob activity that culminated to the student’s lynching.

Inspector Khalil Musa, the police prosecutor, asked the court for another date to allow the police to conclude their investigation after the suspects pleaded not guilty.

However, defence counsels led by Professor Mansur Ibrahim, who did not oppose the application, pleaded with the court to grant bail to the defendants, citing sections 157, 161(a,f), and 164 of the administration of criminal justice law of Sokoto state, as well as section 36(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended in 1999.

However, the court postponed deciding on the application to a later date, which would be conveyed to the attorneys.

Therefore, the court ordered that the offenders be detained at the Sokoto Correctional Centre.

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