The Sokoto State Police Command said it has arrested two suspected masterminds of the beating and burning to death of a 200-level fellow student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Miss Deborah Emmanuel, over alleged blasphemy against prophet Muhammad.
The state Police Public Relation Officer, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, disclosed this in a statement.
The full text of the statement reads:
At about 0900hrs, a distress call was received from Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, stating that students were rioting over one female student named Deborah Samuel, a level two student, who was accused of making a social media post that blasphemed the holy prophet Muhammad (SAW). students forcefully removed the victim from the security room where she was hidden by the school authorities, killed her and burnt the building.
The students banded together with miscreants and barricaded the Sokoto/Jega road.
Upon receiving the information, the DC Operations led a team of policemen and all other operational commanders in the state to the school where the road was cleared and the situation was brought under control. Two students were arrested in connection with the crime committed.
The school has been closed down by the school authority, and policemen were deployed to give tight security coverage.
The Commissioner of Police, Sokoto State Command, CP Kamaldeen kola Okunlola fdc, mnim is appealing to members of the public to go about their lawful activities and should not panic as the situation is under control. Meanwhile, the suspects in the viral video on Twitter were spotted and will be nailed soon.
ASP SANUSI ABUBAKAR
POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, FOR: COMMISSIONER OF POLICE SOKOTO STATE COMMAND