Sokoto, 13 May, 2022 / 9:45 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto in Nigeria has condemned the killing of a Christian student at her college, noting that the murder is “a criminal act and the law must take its cause”.
In the widely condemned gruesome killing, Deborah Yakubu from Zuru, an Economics student at the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, was stoned to death and burnt by male students at the college who accused her of blasphemy.
Various media accounts indicate that Deborah allegedly had argument with fellow students online and the Muslims among them claimed that she blasphemed prophet Muhammad.
The argument on WhatsApp reportedly took place during the Muslim month of Ramadan when the College was on break. When they reportedly saw Deborah at College on Thursday, May 12, all available Muslim male students allegedly surrounded her and started stoning her until she fell. They reportedly made sure she died and subsequently set her body ablaze.
In a May 12 statement, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Sokoto demands justice for Deborah and calls on authorities to investigate the killing and to bring the perpetrators to book.