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General News of Saturday, 14 May 2022


Blasphemy: The perpetrators of Deborah's murder must be quickly apprehended and prosecuted - Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has described the killing of Deborah Samuel, a Christian student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education over allegations of being blasphemous towards Prophet Mohammed.

On Thursday, May 12, 200-level Deborah was beaten and burnt to death after she was accused by some Muslim male students for insulting Prophet Mohammed via a WhatsApp platform.

In an interview with news men after a attending a function on Friday, May 13,
Yemi Osinbajo called for the perpetrators to be quickly apprehended and prosecuted.

''The President has reacted to this, a statement which was issued earlier condemning the action.

I must say that the killing of Deborah Samuel is a deeply distressing thing, very disturbing - such an atrocious killing of the young lady by a mob who took the law into their own hands. It is very unfortunate.

The swift reaction of the Sokoto State Government and also the Sultan of Sokoto clearly demonstrated the outrage of millions of Nigerians and also demonstrated the desire of everyone to ensure that the perpetrators are quickly apprehended and prosecuted.

As the President said, there’s really no excuse for anyone to take the law into their own hands no matter the provocation, there are set processes for ensuring that we are able to redress whatever wrongs that are done against us.

We must express our condolence to the family of the young lady Deborah Samuel. I can't imagine how her parents, siblings, and members of her family feel, not just about her death, but the very horrendous nature of its occurrence. It is very sad indeed, and I extend our sincere condolences to them. I ask that the Almighty will comfort them at this time," he said.

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