- The two alleged blasphemy killers of Deborah Samuel will be given top-level legal counsel in court
- A team of 34 lawyers, including a professor appeared in court on Monday, May 16, to defend the two suspects.
- However, the lawyers in their ranks could not prevent their clients from being sued as a result of their application in Detained on remand Bail not granted
Sokoto – A team of 34 lawyers appeared on Monday, April 16 May, defend in court two suspects arrested on alleged blasphemy in the murder of Deborah Samuel, a student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto.
The team was appointed by headed by a professor, Mansur Ibrahim. according to the newspaper Leadership.
The young lady was stoned to death by a mob for alleged blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and then burned a WhatsApp group.
Suspension They appear in court and plead not guilty
On Monday, suspects Bilyaminu Aliyu and Aminu Hukunci were arrested over their alleged involvement in The crime was brought before a Sokoto magistrates’ court.
They pleaded not guilty when the charges against them were read out in court, BBC Pidgin also reported .
Police Prosecutor Inspector Khalil Musa told the court that an investigation into the matter was ongoing. He appealed to the court for another date so the police could complete their investigation.
Defenders request bail
Prof. Ibrahim, who led the defense team for the suspects, did not oppose the prosecutor’s move after the presentations,
However, he requested release for his clients on grounds for release.
The trial judge reserved the decision on the bail request but ordered the defendant to be taken to Sokoto Correctional Center.
The court then adjourned hearing the motion until a later date, which would be shared with the attorneys.
Blasphemy: Northern governors announce their position on the murder of Deborah Samuel
Meanwhile, the Northern Governors Forum has described the killing of Deborah as “an extrajudicial action to deal with an alleged violation”.
The governors also called for calm after the killing, which sparked outrage across Nigeria.
Simon Lalong , Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, said the Forum was concerned about the state of affairs in Sokoto.