Bilyaminu Aliyu and Aminu Hukunci, the two accused, were arraigned on Monday in connection with the lynching of Deborah Samuel, a 200-level Home Economics student at Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto State, on May 12.
According to the six9ja, the student was lynched to death for supposed blasphemy.
The accused, who were co-students of the deceased, were charged with participating in the crime at a Sokoto Chief Magistrates’ Court.
They entered not guilty pleas to the charges.
Deborah’s body was still in a morgue at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital in Sokoto, and prosecuting inspector Khalil Musa told the court that an investigation was underway.
Prof. Mansur Ibrahim, who led a team of 34 lawyers, filed for their bail on liberal terms, citing constitutional requirements and portions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law.
The accused was detained in a detention facility after the trial judge (name withheld for security reasons) reserved his decision on the bail application.
Deborah was accused of blasphemy on a WhatsApp conversation platform put up by her classmates before being lynched, and she refused to retract her post after being requested to do so.
Following the arrest of those tied to Deborah’s lynching, a violent street protest ensued, with protestors demanding that security forces release them immediately.
On Saturday, Governor Aminu Tambuwal ordered a 24-hour curfew on the Sokoto metropolis. On Monday, he lifted the curfew to be followed from dusk until morning.
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