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Deborah: UN Deputy Secretary-General Condemns Killing, Demands Justice

Amina Muhammed, the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, has called for justice following the killing of Deborah Yakubu in Sokoto over blasphemy.

Muhammed made the call via her official Twitter page on Tuesday, stressing that religions should not be “misinterpreted to preach violence”.

“Justice must be done for the senseless, brutal killing of the young Deborah Yakubu in Nigeria. Religions should not be misinterpreted to preach violence when they promote peace.

“My prayers are with the family and for the repose of her soul,” she tweeted.

Yakubu, a second-year student of the Sheu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, was lynched on the school premises on Thursday after classmates accused her of blasphemy.

On Monday, the Sokoto Police Command arraigned two suspects, Bilyaminu Aliyu and Aminu Hukunci on flimsy charges of inciting public disturbance before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in the state, for their alleged participation in the crime.

 The court ordered that the suspects be remanded in the custody of the Sokoto Correctional Center after they pleaded not guilty.

The suspects were represented by a team of 34 lawyers, led by the defence counsel, Prof Mansur Ibrahim.

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