Nigeria student deaths: Protests against arrests after lynching

Student dies in Nigeria
Protests against arrests after lynching

In the eyes of her fellow Muslim students, a Christian student in Nigeria allegedly insulted the Prophet Muhammad. An angry mob kills the young woman. Hundreds of people took to the streets against the arrest of two Muslims and demanded their release.

After the lynching of a Christian student, hundreds of people took to the streets in Nigeria against the arrest of two Muslims. They demonstrated in Sokoto for the release of the two students, residents of the northwestern Nigerian town said. Some protesters also marched to the palace of Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar of Sokoto, who is the spiritual leader of Nigerian Muslims and demanded that those responsible be punished.

Dozens of Muslim students stoned student Deborah Samuel on Thursday in Sokoto in anger over an entry into an online network that was seen as insulting the Prophet Muhammad and burned her body. Police have arrested two men and are looking for other suspects who appeared in online video of the murder. In addition to the release of the two students, the demonstrators demanded that the search for the other suspects be stopped, as a resident of Sokoto said. Another resident reported that the protests escalated outside the sultan’s palace.

Police and soldiers used tear gas and fired warning shots. The demonstrators then returned to the city center, where they attempted to loot Christian shops. Sokoto Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal urged protesters to return home and imposed a 24-hour curfew. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari strongly condemned the student’s lynching. No one has the right to be vigilant, he explained.

Nigeria has 215 million people. The north is predominantly Muslim, the south is predominantly Christian. In 2000, Sharia law was introduced in twelve states in northern Nigeria, including Sokoto. Death sentences for adultery, blasphemy or homosexuality have already been pronounced on this basis. So far, there have been no executions.

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