Sokoto College To Reopen As Students Pay For Damages After Lynching Of Deborah Samuel

The Shehu Shagari College of Education (SSCOE) Sokoto has been scheduled to recommence on 8 August.

Recall that a second year student, Deborah Yakubu, was lynched by angry protesters over alleged blasphemy in May, destroying properties and triggering unrest in the process,  which prompted the immediate closure of the college by the Sokoto state government.

Ms Yakubu was killed by angry students over allegation of broadcasting to her class’ WhatsaApp group a comment considered blasphemous of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

Following an investigation into the lynch after the school was closed, the  Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, had on Tuesday directed the governing council of the college to reopen the college as soon as possible.

Mr Tambuwal authorized the opening when he received the report of a 12-member committee he set up to carry out the investigation. 

According to a statement by the Sokoto governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Muhammad Bello, the government would execute the committee’s recommendations.

The reopening was approved by the governing council of the institution, Gandi Asara, the college registrar added.

Meanwhile, in an announcement to students on Thursday, the registrar said all students will pay N1000 each and sign an undertaking. However, details of the undertaking to be signed was not included in the announcement.

“This is to inform all Students of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto that the College Governing Council has approved the Reopening of the College on Monday 8 August, 2022.

“Students are requested to report to the College to sign an Undertaking at their various Schools after the payment of One Thousand Naira (N1000.00) only.” it partly read.

Nexus News gathered that the court remanded two suspects in connection with her murder. They are being represented by over 34 lawyers.

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