In broad daylight, Muslim students of the Nigerian. Northern state of Sokoto, dragged a female student outside, pronounced her guilty of blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed, proceed to beating her, using stones, sticks and other weapons, when she was on her last breath, they pilled used car tires, woods on her body and burnt her alive.
All these were recorded on mobile phones and posted on social media. Many of the ringleaders also recorded statements justifying their actions.
On social media, many northern Muslims condemned the murder under the #AsaMuslim but many more justified it.
The Shehu Shagari College of Education student was first beaten to pulp before been burnt.
The girl simply identified as Deborah was said to have made a blasphemous comment on a WhatsApp group.
In a video that has gone viral, young males student were seen hurling stones at her. Some also used sticks and different objects to hit her.
When the victim fell to the ground unconsciously, the attackers gathered tyres around her before she was set ablaze.
According to sources, the WhatsApp group was created by her colleagues and it served as a platform to discuss academic issues.”
Someone said a religious comment was posted on the platform and while criticising it, Deborah made a blasphemous comment against the Prophet.
Another account has it that she made the comment while quarreling with a fellow student at the hostel.
“She was asked to apologize but refused and this heightened tension in the school. The college security personnel had to intervened by whisking her to their office but they were overwhelmed by students, who later set her ablaze,” the source said.
Briefing reporters at Government House, Sokoto, Commissioner of Information, Isa Bajini Galadanchi, said Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal had ordered that the school be shut and directed the ministry of Higher Education and relevant security agencies to investigate the matter.
“The Governor has called on the people of the state to remain calm and maintain peace as the government would take appropriate actions on the findings of the investigation,” Bajini said.