A 23 year-old Christian female student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State was today, Thursday burnt alive over an alleged comment against Prophet Muhammed.
Sources gathered that the incident, which triggered tension in the school environment, occurred this Thursday morning.
The student, identified simply as Deborah Samuel, a 200 level student of Home Economics in the institution was, according to reports, beaten to a pulp before being set ablaze.
In a video trending on social media, some young men were seen hurling stones at her. She was then murdered and set ablaze by muslim youths who accused her of blasphemy.
According to witnesses, the female student only sent a voice comment on their School WhatsApp Group Platform, complaining about the idea of turning the platform into Islamic religious forum.
Her only sin was warning the group to desist from posting “unwanted religious messages of what she described as “useless prophets” on the platform.
They viewed the statement, “useless prophets” as an insult to Mohammed. The message immediately followed threats to her safety by muslim students all over the campus.
As the threat intensified, she was moved to the school’s security post, according to a student who witnessed the incident.
“The mob trailed her to the security post, where they overpowered the security personnel on duty”.
They then dragged her out and descended on her with daggers, sticks and stones. Deborah, who was in a pink dress, was seen lying helplessly on the ground while she was mercilessly attacked by the mob.
At the moment she fell to the ground unconsciously, the attackers were seen scampering for tyres which they hung around her.
She was later seen sprawling on the ground, engulfed in flames while still alive.
A video depicting her murder and burning has already gone viral on social media.
The college administration has published a statement announcing the immediate closure of the institution as a result of the ensuing incident.
Efforts to reach the Sokoto State Police Command were unsuccessful as of press time.
The command’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Sanusi Abubakar, did not take his calls nor responded to text messages forwarded to him by this reporter.