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Kukah: Arrest BUK Imam now, HURIWA tells DSS

Kukah: Arrest BUK Imam now, HURIWA tells DSS

Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, on Monday, tasked the Department of State Services to arrest the Chief Imam of Bayero University, Kano, Sheikh Abubakar Jibril, for allegedly inciting Muslims against the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan-Kukah. HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said Jibril was captured in a viral video allegedly telling his many Muslim followers to get the home address of Kukah and possibly attack the bishop. Rioters last Thursday stoned and burnt a 200-level Home Economics student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in…
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Deborah Samuel: Court remands two suspects in prison

Deborah Samuel: Court remands two suspects in prison

A Magistrate Court sitting in Sokoto has remanded two suspects arrested over the murder of a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Deborah Samuel, for alleged blasphemy. The Police arraigned the two suspects, Bilyaminu Aliyu and Aminu Hukunchi, who are also students of the college, on Monday. The Police First Information Report said both suspects were arraigned as a result of the mob action, which led to Deborah’s lynching. Both suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against them following their arraignment. Against this backdrop, the prosecutor, Inspector Khalil Musa, prayed the court for another date to…
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Sokoto: OPC tasks Northern leaders to Halt ethnoreligious violence now.

Sokoto: OPC tasks Northern leaders to Halt ethnoreligious violence now.

The Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, has called on Northern leaders and the Federal Government to halt immediately the ongoing ethnoreligious violence in Sokoto and other Northern states, as well as guarantee the safety of the lives and businesses of Southerners in the North.  In a statement by its President, Wasiu Afolabi, the OPC also demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of the Islamic leaders, who fuelled the crisis by allegedly mobilising rioters and making inflammatory statements, after the killing of the female student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Deborah Samuel.  “These people must know that nobody has a monopoly…
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Blasphemy: Deborah Samuel’s family breaks silence, reacts to her murder.

Blasphemy: Deborah Samuel’s family breaks silence, reacts to her murder.

The parents of the late Deborah Samuel of Shagari College of Education Sokoto, Sokoto State have described the death of their daughter as sad and painful, saying they have left her killers to God. Recall that the remains of Deborah were laid to rest in her hometown, Tungan Magajiya in Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State Saturday evening. She was stoned to death and set ablaze on Thursday by her fellow students for allegedly making a blasphemous statement on a WhatsApp group against Prophet Mohammed. Reacting to the death of their daughter, the bereaved parents said they have nothing…
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Sokoto: Rampaging Muslim Youths Attack, Burn Catholic, ECWA Churches, Loot Shops

Sokoto: Rampaging Muslim Youths Attack, Burn Catholic, ECWA Churches, Loot Shops

There is tension in some parts of Sokoto State as some youths protesting the arrest of two persons suspected to be involved in the killing of a female student, Deborah Samuel, for alleged blasphemy attacked some churches along Ahmadu Bello way in the state capital. The protesters had earlier in their numbers stormed the Sultan of Sokoto’s palace, setting up a bonfire near the building and demanding the release of the two suspects. But armed policemen fired teargas canisters to disperse the angry crowd, during which two persons were reportedly injured. Not satisfied, sources said the protesters invaded some churches…
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