Deborah Samuel was a Year 2 student of Shehu Shagari College Education, Sokoto, until her death rocked the entire country.
The 200-level student was murdered in a broad daylight on Thursday, May 12, for allegedly “making blasphemous statements about Prophet Muhammad (SAW).”
According to her coursemate who spoke on condition of anonymity, the deceased had pleaded for mercy and called out for help before she died.
Her last moments
After her utterance that got some of her colleagues mad, Deborah was reportedly taken to the security unit to avoid being killed by these religious extremists who had gathered to descend on her “for making blasphemous statements against their prophet.
“The Muslim students led the strangers to the class to look for her.
“In fear, those in the class tried to help her escape and took her to the security post from where they hoped to create a way for her to run outside. Already, a cab was waiting outside to drive her straight to the police station.
“Unfortunately, the mob overpowered everyone who tried to save her.
“They even threatened to kill anyone who attempted to stand in their way.”
Consequently, Deborah was dragged out of the security unit, flogged, and stoned.
“The last words from her mouth were ‘what do you hope to achieve with this?’
“By then, some of our course-mates were making calls to some of our lecturers to save the situation. At a point, all the Christian students fled the school premises.
“It was when I got home that I heard she was set ablaze.
“Since the incident, I have been having a flash of her pleading expression.
“She pleaded for mercy and called out for help but it was far from her. What a cruel way to die,” the source told Vanguard.