The latter accuses him of publishing a “blasphemous” comment on social media. Hundreds of people demonstrated on Saturday in Sokoto, northwest of the country, to protest the arrest of two suspects.
Hundreds of people marched in Sokoto, northwest Nigeria, on Saturday to protest the arrest of two students following the murder of a Christian student accused of blasphemy, residents said.
At the root of these arrests is an unbearable scene, which was filmed and then published on social media. On Thursday, May 12, in northwest Nigeria, a young Christian student was stoned to death, then burned, by her classmates. The latter accuses him of posting a commentinfidelityOn social media, she is considered offensive to the Prophet Muhammad. The facts took place in the state of Sokoto, where Sharia law is applied alongside common law, as in other states in conservative Muslim northern Nigeria.
A video circulated on social media shows the dead student, her face bleeding, in a pink dress, lying on the ground surrounded by dozens of large stones thrown by her attackers. According to a statement issued by Sokoto Police spokesperson, Sanusi Abubakar, students at the school forcibly evicted Deborah Samuel after education officials placed her in a room, for her own safety. Once out,They killed her and burned the building said the speaker. While two people have already been arrested, police say all suspects identified in this video will also be arrested.
Police said they are looking for other suspects who appeared in a video of the crime that was circulated on social media. In response, young Muslims took to the streets of Sokoto on Saturday morning to demand the release of the detainees, residents said. Some of the demonstrators went to the palace of Muhammad Saad Abu Bakr, Sultan of Sokoto and Nigeria’s highest Islamic figure, where they condemned the killing and demanded that the perpetrators be brought to justice. “The crowd also called on the police to end the pursuit of those identified as having participated in the killing,” he added. The angry mob then withdrew to the city center where they attempted to loot Christian-owned shops, but were dispersed by law enforcement, according to another resident, Faruk Danheli.
Sharia law was introduced in 12 states in northern Nigeria
The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Saad Abubakar, the highest spiritual authority for Muslims in Nigeria, and the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Matthew Hassan Kokah, Thursday, called for calm after the killing of the student.
“The Sultanate’s Council condemned the incident (…) and urged the security services to bring the perpetrators of this unjustified incident to justice.Muhammad Saad Abu Bakr said in a statement. The Sultan, who also leads the Nigerian Interfaith Council (NIREC) for Interfaith Harmony, called “Everyone should remain calm and ensure peaceful coexistenceIn the country. The Catholic Archbishop Koca also condemned the killing, expressing his regret.deep shock“.”We call on the authorities to investigate this tragedy and ensure that all perpetrators are brought to justice‘, he did not say.
On Twitter, Ibrahim Makari, a prominent Nigerian cleric, imam of the Abuja National Mosque, justified the brutal murder of Deborah Samuel. On May 13th he wrote:Everyone should know that as Muslims we have red lines that should not be crossed. The dignity of the Messenger comes at the forefront of these red lines. If our complaints are not handled properly, we should not be criticized for dealing with them ourselves.»
In Islam, blasphemy, especially against the Prophet, is punishable by death under Islamic law, which was introduced in 2000 in 12 northern Nigeria states. These Islamic courts, working alongside the country’s justice system, have already handed down death sentences for adultery, blasphemy or homosexuality, but no executions have taken place so far. Islamic courts sentenced Muslims to death in 2015 and 2020 for blasphemy against the Prophet.
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