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Bishop Kukah: ‘Killing of female student for ‘blasphemy’ in Sokoto is criminal act and the law must take its course’

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Late Deborah Yakubu

SOKOTO – Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has said the killing of a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, on Thursday allegedly for blasphemy is a criminal act and must be treated as such.

Deborah Yakubu, a female student of the institution was killed and burnt by some Muslim students for allegedly blaspheming against Prophet Mohammed in a WhatsApp platform.

In a statement by Bishop Kukah, he called on security operatives to fish out the perpetrators of the evil act and ensure they are punished according to the law of the country.

He said, “I have received with deep shock the incident that occured in the Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto State leading to the gruesome murder of Miss Deborah Yakubu, a 200 level home economics student today.

“We condemn this incident in the strongest terms and call on the authorities to investigate this tragedy and ensure that all the culprits are brought to book.

“The only obligation that is owed her immediate family, her fellow students and the school authority is the assurance that those who are guilty of this inhuman act, no matter their motivation, are punished according to the law of the land.

“Christians have lived peacefully with their Muslim neighbours in Sokoto over the years. This matter must be treated as a criminal act and the law must take its course”.

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