Christian Youths in the country have petitioned the Inspector General of Police IGP Usman Alkali Baba to ensure that he unravels the mystery behind the killing of Deborah Samuel Yakubu, a two hundred level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto.
The youth, under the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN), the umbrella body that coordinates and oversees the affairs of all the Christian Youths in Nigeria, said the killing of Deborah Samuel Yakubu as barbaric by her fellow students, over a comment on a class WhatsApp group.
The petition signed by their National Chairman, Amb Belusochukwu M Enwere, said from reliable sources including friends, students and close family members, reveal that Miss Deborah Samuel Yakubu was tortured, stoned, lynched and gruesomely murdered and her body subsequently set ablaze as a result of comment she made in her departmental group WhatsApp platform, which her killers alleged to have blasphemed Prophet Muhammed.
“We as well gathered that the acts of killing of our members for inexplicable and most times flimsy reasons, have persisted unabated and has been largely kept away from the Christian fold and the general public by the perpetrators who appear to be working as a syndicate with some affiliation to the dreaded Boko Haram and ISIS, before this unfortunate episode that happened in Sokoto State.
“Sir, we heard that only two people were arrested while over 200 students participated in committing this crime. We hope this is not a way to sweep this matter under the carpet.
“The unlawful and dastardly action of the perpetrators must not only be condemned by all right-thinking people but the Police, Department of Security services, the Minister of Education must fish them out, prosecute them as it is expected.
“Our prayers: It is in the light of the foregoing that we as leaders and representatives of the Christian youth body, to which Miss Deborah Samuel Yakubu is a dedicated member, hereby petitions that you use your good offices to cause an in-depth investigation into the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate lynching and burning of our sister in the most degrading and inhuman manner; in order to ensure justice for Late Miss Deborah Samuel Yakubu, especially the role played by her fellow students whose faces are shown clearly in the viral video circulating online, showcasing her last moments in the hands of her killers. Deborah deserves nothing but justice and we believe in your capacity at enthroning justice in this case, by bringing the perpetrators to book.
“We acknowledge and commend the restraint of the Christian students of the College who refused to retaliate in the face of provocation on those who murdered their colleague. We warn the vampires in religious garments not to push the country to a religious war,” the petition said while commending their leaders, the CAN President, Bishop Hassan Kukah as well as the Sultan of Sokoto for condemning the heinous act.