Deborah Samuel vs Blasphemy: Court remands two suspects

The Sokoto Police Command, on Monday, arraigned two suspects, Bilyaminu Aliyu and Aminu Hukunci, before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in the state over their roles in the killing of a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel.

 

This is as condemnation continued to trail the death of the 200-level student, who was lynched for allegedly blaspheming Prophet Muhammad (PHUB) on Friday.

 

Her killing had sparked outrage across the country, with Nigerians asking the government to fish out the perpetrators of the crime.

 

In the First Information Report, Prosecuting Police Officer, Khalil Musa, said the suspects were accused of participating in a disturbance act that led to the death of Samuel on May 12, 2022.

 

Musa said investigation was in progress and the deceased corpse had been deposited at the morgue of Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto

 

When the charges were read, the accused men pleaded not guilty.

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Deborah Samuel vs Blasphemy: Court remands two suspects
Deborah Samuel vs Blasphemy: Court remands two suspects

The defence counsel, Prof. Mansur Ibrahim, who led 34 other lawyers to court, urged the court to grant the accused bail on liberal terms, citing constitutional provisions and sections Administration of Criminal Justice Law.

 

The trial judge (name and court location withheld for security reasons) reserved ruling on the bail application and ordered the accused to be remanded in a correctional custody.

 

Governor Aminu Tambuwal, had imposed a 24-hour curfew on Sokoto after a protest to demand the release of the suspects turned violent.

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However, in a statement signed by his Commissioner for Information, Isah Bajini Galadanci, on Monday, the state governor announced a review of the curfew from 24 hours to dusk to dawn.

 

The statement read, “The revised curfew will now be from dusk to dawn in Sokoto township. This is with a view to afford people the window to pursue their legitimate businesses and other means of livelihood. The Government, however, advised people to maintain peace in this regard, as it will not condone any breach of law and order in the state.”

 

Meanwhile, the Spiritual Head of Celestial Church of Christ worldwide, Reverend Emmanuel Oshoffa, has urged Christians across the country to embrace peace following the apprehension that greeted Samuel’s death.

 

This is as he warned members of his church not to seek revenge following the destruction of a CCC Parish III among other churches in the state by irate youths protesting the arrest of suspects in connection with Samuel’s death.

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