Nigeria: Hundreds of people support two students suspected of killing Christian comrades

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Two students were arrested after a fellow Christian accused of blasphemy was killed on Thursday. Hundreds of people showed support for the suspect and demanded their release.

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Hundreds of people have demonstrated in Sokoto, northwestern Nigeria, to protest the arrest of two students following the murder of a Christian student accused of blasphemy. Dozens of students at Chef Shagari School stoned Deborah Samuel on Thursday and burned her body after reading a comment she posted on social media that was considered offensive to the Prophet Muhammad. rice field.

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Police later announced that they had arrested two men and were looking for other suspects to appear in the murder videos disseminated on social media. In response, young Muslims went to the streets of Sokoto and demanded the release of the two detainees, according to residents. Some of the protesters went to the palace of Muhammad Saad Abbakar, a Sokoto sultan and the best Muslim in Nigeria, accused the murder and demanded that the criminal be brought to justice.

A 24-hour curfew has been declared

“Security forces deployed to protect the palace asked protesters to leave, but they went out of control.”Another resident who lives near the palace said. “Police and soldiers were able to throw tear gas containers and fire them into the air to disperse the crowd.”.. According to another resident, the angry mob then withdrew to the center of town, where he tried to plunder Christian-owned shops, but was disbanded by law enforcement agencies.

Governor of Sokoto, Aminwajiri Tambwar, urged protesters to go home.later “A sad incident at Chef Shagari School on Thursday and the morning development of a big city [de Sokoto], I will be effective immediately and declare the next 24-hour curfew (…). “He said in a statement. “For peace, everyone has to go home.” Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari “Strictly criticized” Deborah Samuel’s murder, “No one has the right to put the law in their own hands.”..

Nigeria is one of the most religious nations in the world, with 215 million giants divided almost evenly between the north of Islam and the south of Christians. In Islam, blasphemy, especially against the Prophet, is punished by death under the Shariah law introduced in 12 states in northern Nigeria in 2000. The Islamic Court, which runs in parallel with the state’s judicial system, has already sentenced to adultery, blasphemy, and homosexual death, but so far no death penalty has been executed.

Source: Francetvinfo

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