Some churches along Ahmadu Bello Way, in the Sokoto State capital has been attacked by some youths who are protesting the arrest of two persons suspected to be involved in the killing of a 200-level female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto , Deborah Samuel, for alleged blasphemy.
The protesters, who have generated tension in some parts of the state 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.
However, the armed policemen fired teargas canisters to chase the angry crowd away, and in the process, two persons were reportedly injured.
According to sources, the protesters were not satisfied and they invaded some churches in the state capital, destroying their properties.
The building of Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in the area was also reportedly set on fire by the irate youths.
“The Catholic church was attacked and scattered while the First ECWA church beside it has been burnt. Some Christians were injured. These youths also attacked some Igbo traders, destroyed their cars.
“Heard they are burning shops and stealing goods currently in city centres as well. Sadly, no intervention from the armed forces,” a Sokoto resident told SaharaReporters.
The victim, Deborah, a 200 level female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, was mobbed and killed before his corpse was set ablaze within the school premises on Thursday.
She was accused of blasphemy in a voice note she dropped on her class’ WhatsApp platform, in which she was alleged to have blasphemed Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
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