The GBV movement for the state of emergency is appalled by the brutal murder of Deborah Samuel – a 200-year-old home economics student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto – by students who have accused her of blasphemy. < /p>
The actions of these individuals are barbaric, heinous and criminal; a gruesome murder by a vicious group of students who use religion to justify killings and criminal acts. The Constitution affirms the right to life and obliges all citizens to respect the rights and dignity of others. The Constitution does not recognize blasphemy and Nigerian laws clearly address murder.
Any person who feels that their right to freedom of religion or belief has been or is being violated , is expected right to seek redress from the courts and not resort to jungle justice. Allowing this injustice to be carried out by a depraved criminal mob without prosecution and punishment will allow anarchy in our system and further tear the fabric of our humanity as Nigerians.
Cry therefore Let’s head to law enforcement agencies to quickly apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators whose faces are recognizable in the now viral, gruesome video. We are also calling for further investigations to identify accomplices in the murder for immediate prosecution. Swift and proper justice must be done to prevent future instances of this heinous crime.
This crime was committed on the premises of an educational institution in a country where girls are in their 60s % of the nation’s out-of-school children, one of the highest in the world. Without an adequate response, prosecution and punishment, this incident will exacerbate the insecurity and lack of security that women and girls already face in higher institutions. We must ensure the safety of all lives in our educational institutions and create a system of accountability between students and the management of such institutions.
Deborah’s death is one too many amidst the depravity of uncontrolled banditry , kidnappings, riots and insecurity that devastate the country. We call on the federal government, the National Assembly, the Nigerian Governors Forum and the Nigerian security authorities to loudly and unequivocally condemn this atrocious murder and to ensure a speedy investigation and justice for Deborah and her family.