Enraged mob have burnt a Christian female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education in Wamako, Sokoto, for alleged blasphemous comment.
Ms Deborah, who was only known as the dead, was accused of making derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammed on campus.
According to a student who witnessed the incident and provided preliminary facts to The Gazette, she was promptly removed to the school’s security post after immediate threats to her safety. However, the mob tracked her to the security post, where they overcame the guards.
The Gazette has not independently verified the witness’ information, but a video of the student being set on fire has already circulated online.
When contacted by The Gazette, Sokoto police spokesman Sanusi Abubakar denied to comment on the event.
Authorities have issued a statement announcing the school’s immediate closure due to the scuffle that erupted following Ms Deborah’s murder.
For years, blasphemy-related killings have been a recurring tragedy in northern Nigeria, but authorities have been unable to solve the problem. In the primarily Muslim region, criminals are frequently not arrested or freed immediately after being apprehended.