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Deborah Samuel’s murder: Tambuwal cancels campaign tours, meets Sokoto Muslim leaders


Governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal on Friday met with Muslim leaders in the state over the killing of Deborah Samuel, a female student at the Shehu Shagari College of Education.

Recall that the student was attacked by a mob over remarks considered to be an insult to Prophet Mohammed.

Videos of the student being stoned and beaten with sticks were shared on social media, and the incident was reported to have occurred in the early hours of Thursday.

There has been a flurry of condemnation by Muslim leaders and groups, notably Muhammadu Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, in the wake of the incident.

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The Sokoto police command had earlier announced the arrest of two suspects over their alleged inolvement in the killing of the student.

“Mr Tambuwal was billed to visit Bayelsa, Delta and Edo states today in continuation of his Presidential consultations but had to cancel the visits to consult with citizens and religious leaders to ensure security of lives and property of all residents of Sokoto State,” reads a statement from the governor’s media aide.

The Sokoto governor under whose watch the murder was committed, met the Ulama – custodians and interpreters of islamic doctrine and law, to sue for peace amid heightened tension in the state.

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Subsequently, the Sokoto governor called for a meeting of the state’s Islamic leaders in the government house.

According to Muhammad Bello, special adviser on media and publicity to the governor, the meeting was convened to discuss how to ensure the student’s murder does not elicit violent reprisals.

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