Female student killed by mob at Nigeria school over blasphemy claims

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Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)A pistillate pupil successful bluish Nigeria was killed by a mob who stoned, bushed and acceptable occurrence to her for allegedly posting a blasphemous connection against the Prophet Mohammed, according to police.

The girl, Deborah Yakubu, was surrounded by chap students and attacked connected Thursday, a constabulary connection said.

The incidental happened astatine the Shehu Shagari schoolhouse successful Sokoto, northwestern Nigeria, and the schoolhouse was instantly closed.

    "Students forcefully removed the unfortunate from the information country wherever she was hidden by the schoolhouse authorities, killed her and burnt the building," constabulary spokesperson Sanusi Abubakar said successful a connection released to CNN.

      Sokoto state's Governor Aminu Tambuwal issued an bid to adjacent the schoolhouse and directed the Ministry of Higher Education and information agencies to analyse the incident.

      The video, which circulated connected societal media successful the aftermath of the killing, appears to amusement her attackers holding a matchbox and celebrating aft mounting her alight.

      CNN has not been capable to independently verify the video.

        Two radical person been arrested and "the suspects successful the viral video connected Twitter were spotted and volition beryllium nailed soon," Abubakar added.

        Religious tensions

        Nigerians person expressed their outrage connected Twitter and denounced the killing. There are fears it could heighten sectarian tensions successful the country, which is mostly divided on spiritual lines, with the northbound bulk Muslim and the predominantly mostly Christian.

        "Murderers of Christian pistillate successful Sokoto indispensable beryllium arrested & punished!" tweeted Farooq Kperogi, a prof astatine Kennesaw State University.

        "Sadly, this benignant of consequence-free execution of radical successful the sanction of avenging 'blasphemy' has been going connected for acold excessively agelong successful the North. This indispensable stop!" helium said. "The monsters successful that video are easy identifiable. The Sokoto State authorities indispensable instantly apprehend them and marque an illustration of them. If that doesn't happen, this benignant of murderous barbarism volition continue."

        Community leaders person called for calm and urged authorities to punish the attackers.

        Reverend Matthew Kukah of the Sokoto diocese said successful a statement: "This has thing to bash with religion. Christians person lived peacefully with their Muslim neighbours present successful Sokoto implicit the years ...The instrumentality indispensable instrumentality its course."

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        Kola Alapinni, a lawyer who has defended those accused of blasphemy successful Nigerian courts, said helium was moving connected the entreaty of different antheral sentenced to decease for blasphemy erstwhile helium heard astir Yakubu's killing.

        He told CNN that blasphemy does not beryllium nether Nigeria's law laws, though immoderate bluish Muslim states admit it nether Sharia law.

        "The State authorities hides nether a conception of its Sharia laws that punishes inciteful statements oregon insulting statements to Prophet Muhammad. It needs to beryllium tested astatine the Appeal Court oregon adjacent astatine the Supreme Court."

        "The superior occupation of the State is the information of lives and property. And here, it has failed. The seriousness of the Nigerian authorities successful ending this menace volition beryllium measured by the effect of the State successful prosecuting those liable for this murder," Alapinni added.

        Campaign play

        The incidental comes arsenic run play for adjacent year's statesmanlike predetermination gets underway -- primaries are scheduled for aboriginal this month.

        Opposition enactment statesmanlike hopeful Atiku Abubakar attracted disapproval for deleting societal media posts condemning the sidesplitting aft Muslim supporters vowed not to ballot for him.

        CNN has reached retired to his spokesperson for comment.

        'They were unjust to me,' says teen   freed aft  blasphemy condemnation   quashed successful  Nigeria

        There person been erstwhile incidents of mobs attacking radical for alleged blasphemy successful Nigeria. One of the astir notable cases was during the 2002 Miss World competition, which was owed to beryllium held successful Nigeria but was moved aft convulsive protests successful which 100 radical died.

          Rioting broke retired implicit the paper ThisDay published an nonfiction astir the pageant which was deemed insulting to Muslims. The nonfiction supported the pageant against Muslim criticism, saying that if the Prophet Mohammed were alive, helium would see marrying 1 of the contestants.

          The newspaper's offices successful Kaduna were burned down and determination were reports of churches and mosques being torched.

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