Police: We’re Still Finding Deborah’s Killers, Those Arrested Aren’t The Suspected Killers

The Sokoto State Police Command has revealed that officers are still looking for the suspected killers of Deborah Samuel, a 200-level student at the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto state who was brutally murdered by her fellow students.

Deborah was hacked to death in May 2022, following charges that she made a blasphemous message on her school’s WhatsApp platform, blaspheming Prophet Mohammed (SAW).

DSP Sanusi Abubakar, the command’s spokesman, told Punch that those arrested months ago were not the primary suspects in the case.

According to Abubakar, they were only among those who organized the violence, and those detained were still being held in remand custody as the court had ordered.

Abubakar went on to say that the main suspects were still at large and that efforts were being made to apprehend them.

The police spokesperson stated, “Those ones we arrested then, though not the suspected killers, contributed to the violent riot and were arraigned in court where the judge ordered that they should be remanded. Concerning those suspected killers, we have circulated their pictures to media houses and sent our intelligence to every part of the state.

“We are still on the lookout for them and we are confident of arresting them wherever they may be hiding. We will flush them out and arraign them before a competent court of law.”

He vowed that the command would be impartial in the case, and that the state Commissioner of Police, Muhammed Gumel, would see that justice was served.

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