Two students have been arrested by the police after a female student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto was killed for alleged blasphemy.
According to a statement made by Sanusi Abubakar, Police Public Relations Officer, on behalf of Kamaldeen Kola Okunlola, Commissioner of Police, Sokoto State Command.
It 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 statement added that the school has been closed down by the school authority, and policemen have been deployed to give tight security coverage.
“The Commissioner of Police, Sokoto State Command, CP Kamaldeen Kola Okunlola 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,” the statement added.