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Nigeria: Christian student stoned then burned after being accused of blasphemy

2022-05-14T13:32:58.853Z

In Islam, blasphemy, especially against the Prophet, carries the death penalty under Sharia law, which is in place in 12 northern Nigerian states.



The scene, filmed and then published on social networks, is unbearable.

Thursday, May 12, in northwestern Nigeria, a young Christian student was stoned to death, then burned, by her classmates.

The latter accuse him of having published a "

blasphemous

" comment on social networks, considered offensive to the Prophet Muhammad.

The facts took place in the state of Sokoto, where Sharia law is applied alongside common law, as in other states in the conservative Muslim north of Nigeria.

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A video shared on social media shows the dead student, her face bleeding, wearing a pink dress lying on the ground surrounded by dozens of large stones thrown by her attackers.

According to a statement released by Sokoto Police Spokesperson Sanusi Abubakar, students at the school forcibly removed Deborah Samuel after she had been placed in a room by education officials, for her safety. .

Once outside, "

they killed her and burned the building

," the spokesman said.

While two people have already been arrested, police say all of the suspects identified in this video will be arrested as well.

Sharia introduced in 12 northern Nigerian states

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar, the highest spiritual authority of Nigerian Muslims, and the influential Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Mathew Hassan Kukah, on Thursday appealed for calm after the student's murder.

"

The Sultanate Council condemned the incident...and urged the security agencies to bring the perpetrators of this unjustifiable incident to justice

," Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar said in a statement.

The Sultan, who also heads the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) for Inter-Faith Harmony, called

on “everyone to remain calm and ensure peaceful co-existence

” in the country.

Catholic Bishop Kukah also condemned the killing, lamenting "

profound shock

".

We call on the authorities to investigate this tragedy and ensure that all culprits are brought to justice

,” he said.

On Twitter, Ibrahim Maqari, a senior Nigerian cleric, Imam of the Abudja National Mosque, justified the savage murder of Deborah Samuel.

On May 13, he wrote: “

Everyone should know that we Muslims have red lines that should not be crossed.

The dignity of the Prophet is at the forefront of these red lines.

If our grievances are not properly handled, we should not be criticized for handling them ourselves.

»

In Islam, blasphemy, especially against the Prophet, is punishable by death under Sharia law, introduced in 2000 in 12 northern Nigerian states.

These Islamic courts, which operate alongside the state justice system, have already handed down death sentences for adultery, blasphemy or homosexuality, but no executions have taken place so far.

Two Muslims had been sentenced to death in 2015 and 2020 by Islamic courts for blasphemy against the Prophet.

Source: lefigaro

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