Authorities of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto has shut down the institution indefinitely, following the lynching and burning of a female student by her colleagues for alleged blasphemy.
The student, who was simply identified as Deborah, was said to have been attacked by an angry mob over remarks considered to be an insult to Prophet Mohammed.
A source, who spoke with Tribune, said trouble started when the lady was asked by her colleagues how she managed to pass her exams.
The late student, believed to be a Christian, was said to have attributed her academic excellence to Jesus
Rankled by her response, the source said she was asked to withdraw the statement — to which she refused.
“She was having an argument with some of her schoolmates over their ongoing examination and when she was asked how she managed to pass her exams, she said it was Jesus,” the source was quoted as saying.
“She was asked to withdraw the statement and apologise which she refused.
“The school security intervened, and took her to their post but they were overpowered by students after which she was killed in the process. After killing her, her body was burnt on the school premises.”
Reacting to the incident, the college directed all students to vacate its campus immediately.
“Following today’s early morning Students rampage in the college, the college management has resolved to close down the college indefinitely with immediate effect. Consequently, all students are hereby directed to vacate the College campus immediately (12th may, 2022),” the statement read.
Meanwhile, another source revealed she had kicked against a religious message which was shared on the class WhatsApp group.
She was quoted to have said, “Holy ghost fire, nothing would happen to me. Is it by force you guys keep sending these religious messages in our group? Our group wasn’t created for that, but rather as a notice for when there’s a test, assignment, examinations, etc. Not these nonsense religious posts.”