Sokoto: Court Detains Suspected Killers of Deborah Samuel In Police Custody

By Damilare Adeleye

A Magistrate Court in Sokoto has remanded two suspects involved in the lynching of a 200-Level Home Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto State identified as Deborah Samuel, on May 12.

The two suspects who were arraigned on Monday were identified as Bilyaminu Aliyu and Aminu Hukunci

The late Daborah Samuel was murdered by angry mob over alleged blasphemy against Islamic religion.

The suspects, co-students of the deceased, pleaded not guilty to the crime.

Prosecuting Inspector Khalil Musa told the court that an investigation was in progress as Deborah’s corpse was still in a morgue at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto.

Leading a team of 34 lawyers, the defence counsel, Prof. Mansur Ibrahim, applied for their bail on liberal terms, citing constitutional provisions and sections of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law.

The trial judge whose name was withheld for security reasons, reserved the ruling on the bail application and ordered the accused to be remanded at a correctional centre.

Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the state has relaxed the 24 hours curfew. The curfew is now to be observed from dusk to dawn.