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Buhari Condemns Sokoto Student Killing, Orders Investigations

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday condemned in strong terms the lynching of Deborah Samuel which occurred in Sokoto State on Thursday.

Samuel was a Christian 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto. She was killed for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.

In a statement released via the Presidency’s official Twitter account on Friday, May 13; President Buhari decried the mob action and ordered a probe into the incident.

The press release read in part, “President Buhari strongly condemns the resort to self-help by the mob in Sokoto, resulting in violence, destruction, and killing of a second-year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel. This followed an allegation that she had blasphemed Muhammad (SAW), the Prophet of Islam on Thursday.

“President Buhari said the news of the killing of the young lady by fellow students was a matter of concern; and demanded an impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident.”

“No person has the right to take the law into his or her own hands in this country. Violence has and never will solve any problem.”

Deborah and her killers

He also ordered the Ministries of Information and Culture, Police Affairs, Communications, and Digital Economy to work with GSM providers and tech firms.

This was to combat the propagation of inaccurate and inflammatory information on social media.

The statement noted, “The President extended the nation’s condolences to the family of the deceased student; and wished all those injured a quick recovery.

“He commended the immediate response to the incident by the Sokoto State Government, and urged religious and community leaders to call citizens’ attention to the need to exercise the right to freedom of speech responsibly.

“President Buhari called for tempered comments by the media and calm among the general population; while investigation is ongoing to find out the remote and immediate causes of the incident.”

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