Abiodun OBA

The Sokoto state government has been called upon to immediately apprehend and make an example of those who murder of Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Muhammad.

In a statement by its Chairman, Ejoga Inalegwu, in Kaduna on Friday, The Northern Christian Elders Forum, noted that anything short of apprehending and prosecuting those involved in the heinous act was unacceptable.

According to them, the act was purely a murder in the robe of religion, adding that NOSCEF roundly condemned the brutal murder of the young girl.

The group added, “The death of Debora Yakubu (Samuel) is one too many by mobs wearing a cloak of religion in the North. In a country where there is a law, nobody, group or individuals has a right to take another’s life whatsoever, outside the due process of law.

“We also urge the government to make a public example and make a new statement by quickly bringing the perpetrators to book.

“This will (should) not be the usual rhetoric of condemnations and then the case is swept under the carpet with publicised arrests, no prosecution or jaundiced prosecution and letting off the hook, when the outcries die down.

“One day it is the videoed execution of Christians in the North because of a said killing of a terrorist in Syria, and next what should have been an internal WhatsApp class platform chat results in mob action murder, wearing the robe of religion in our dear North.

“NOSCEF commiserates with the family of Deborah Yakubu (Samuel) in their period of grief and this avoidable pain, and urge Nigerians to rally round them to comfort and lessen their grief.”

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