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Blasphemy: Sokoto youths take to streets to defend killing of female student

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Amid outrage that followed the killing of a second-year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, Deborah Samuel over alleged blasphemy, a group of Muslim youths have taken to the streets to defend the mob action.

It would be recalled that the victim was attacked within school premises by her colleagues over comments said to be considered to be an insult to Prophet Mohammed.

A video of the deceased being stoned and beaten surfaced on social media on Thursday, and the tragic incident was said to have occurred the same day.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement, strongly condemned the killing and “demanded an impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident”.

However, in a rather surprising move, some Muslim youths came out in large numbers on Saturday morning to demand the release of suspects arrested in connection with the killing.

Armed with placards reading different inscriptions, the group made a procession along Maiduguri road, fuelling palpable tension in the axis.

According to reports, the protest started at the roundabout of Zabira mall and they marched through Gao-nama onwards flyover within the state metropolis.

Security operatives have since been deployed to the area to monitor the protest and avert breakdown of law and order.

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