Saturday May 14, 2022
The pan Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has condemned in very strong terms, the unprovoked and unwarranted killing of a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Miss Deborah Samuel, on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 by her school colleagues for alleged blasphemy.
The condemnation was contained in a Release signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the organisation, Comrade Jare Ajayi.
Report has it that Deborah, a Level Two student was dragged out of the college’s security post where she was hiding from her assailants, stoned to death and then set on fire in a very barbaric manner. Reports indicated that the late student had cautioned those who posted what she considered as ‘useless information’ on a Whatsapp Group platform created basically to share information about their studies. The report made it known that Deborah reacted to a post asking its reader to repost otherwise evil will befall the reader (who fails to repost it).
Deborah, in a voice note, had said:
“Send us important information. This group was not created for you to send useless information. It was created for you to send past questions if there is a test or an assignment. It is not for you to send useless information. Which prophet?”
Her fellow students shared the voice note. And this was what set an uproar in motion. Sokoto State Police Command spokesman, ASP Sanusi Abubakar, confirmed that enraged students “forcefully removed the victim (Deborah Samuel) from the security room where she was hidden by the school authorities, killed her and burnt the building.” The students did not stop at that. According to the police PRO, they later “banded together with miscreants and barricaded the Sokoto/Jega road.”
Afenifere stated that the above reports indicated that the victim did nothing wrong in reminding her colleagues that the Whatsapp platform was meant for information like “past questions if there is a test or an assignment”.