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General News of Tuesday, 17 May 2022


34 lawyers appear in court to defend alleged killers of Deborah Samuel

Deborah Samuel was a student  of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto Deborah Samuel was a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto

Thirty-four lawyers appeared in court on Monday, May 16 to defend two suspects arrested over the gruesome killing of Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto over alleged blasphemy.

The team of lawyers led by Professor Mansur Ibrahim represented the suspects who were arraigned in court following their roles in the murder of Deborah.

Recall that Deborah was burnt after she was stoned to death by a mob over alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad (SAW) on a WhatsApp group.

The suspects, Bilyaminu Aliyu and Aminu Hukunci were brought before a Sokoto magistrates court pleaded not guilty when the charges against them were read in court, BBC Pidgin also reported.

The police prosecutor, Inspector Khalil Musa, told the court that an investigation was in progress on the matter. He appealed to the court for another date to allow the police to conclude their investigation.

Prof. Ibrahim, who led the defense team for the suspects, after the presentations did not oppose the move of the prosecuting lawyer, He, however, applied for bail for his clients on liberal grounds. The trial judge reserved ruling on the bail application but ordered the accused to be remanded at the Sokoto Correctional Center.

The court, thereafter, adjourned ruling on the application to a later date which would be communicated to the lawyers. Blasphemy: Northern governors reveal position on Deborah Samuel's killing Meanwhile, the Northern Governors Forum has described the killing of Deborah as "an extra-judicial measure of addressing perceived infraction."

The governors also called for calm following the killing which has sparked outrage across Nigeria. Simon Lalong, chairman of the forum and governor of Plateau state, said the forum is concerned about the state of things in Sokoto.

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