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Blasphemy: Events that led to Deborah’s death will not happen again – Tambuwal promises

May 21, 2022

Presidential aspirant and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has assured that the circumstances which led to the death of Miss Deborah Moses in the state will not reoccur.

He said the fate suffered by Deborah was not a true representation of Sokoto people.

Recall that owing to an alleged WhatsApp message from late Deborah, against the prophet Mohammed, a mob killed and set her ablaze.

But Tambuwal while addressing delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to woo their votes in the forthcoming national convention on Saturday, said his state believed in the unity and oneness of Nigeria and that his administration has demonstrated openness and oneness of the country.

“We pray it doesn’t happen again”, he said while blaming the incident on the failure of the security system.

Earlier, Governor Tambuwal had shed more light on the circumstances leading to the gruesome murder of Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto State, who was killed

Tambuwal said that contrary to a general belief, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) tried but could not save the late Deborah, saying the mob overpowered the security agents.

Deborah was recently beaten and killed by Muslim students who accused her of insulting Prophet Muhammed via a group WhatsApp platform.

“Contrary possibly to what you’re thinking, the security agencies, particularly the DSS, were able to get to the school on time and were actually able to get Deborah rescued from the mob initially,” Tambuwal told reporters on Friday as he visited Delta State to continue his 2023 presidential campaign.

“As they were mobilising forces from the military barracks, the police command, the mob was growing. As we speak, one of the DSS agents that attempted to save her life is in the hospital with a broken head and the other one had a broken hand.

“They were actually overpowered. It’s not as if she was left on her own. There was rescue by the DSS and they were around where she was locked into a room because they tried to really save her, but unfortunately they were overpowered.”

Tambuwal also debunked reports that security operatives did not respond to the emergency situation in the institution.

Tambuwal lifts curfew, bans processions in Sokoto

Governor Tambuwal on Friday lifted the curfew imposed on the state capital.

Recall that the curfew was imposed on Saturday due to protests by youths calling for the release of the suspected killers of Deborah Samuel, a Christian student of Shehu Shagari College of Education (SSCOE), murdered over blasphemy.

Tambuwal in a statement issued by the Commissioner of Information and Orientation, Isah Galadanci, banned all forms of processions in the State until further notice.

The statement reads in part: “Acting on enabling powers under Section 176 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, sections 1, 2 and 4 of the Public Order Act and Section 15 of Sokoto State Peace Preservation Law, Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, Mutawallen Sokoto has after due consultations, lifted the curfew imposed on Sokoto metropolis with immediate effect .”

He, therefore, urged residents of the state to be law-abiding and stressed the need for peaceful co-existence amongst Nigerians.

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