A student in Nigeria was beaten to death and burned by schoolmates who accused her of sharing “blasphemies about the prophet of Islam” in a WhatsApp group, reports The Guardian, citing two witnesses to the incident.
One of the witnesses cited by the newspaper, who did not want to be identified, explains that it all started with the sharing of Islamic content by a Muslim colleague in the Whatsapp group of students at that school. The victim, Deborah Samuel, “criticized the post” in an audio message that “contained blasphemies about the prophet of Islam”. “That’s what triggered everything that happened afterwards,” the witness adds.
The school security guards and the police still tried to save the girl, but they were stopped by the other students: “The police fired tear gas at the students and then started firing shots into the sky to disperse the students, but they resisted” and started ” throwing sticks and stones at the police”, who were unable to save the girl, says Summayya Usman Inname, a student at that school.
“The students then used rocks and sticks to beat the girl, before setting her on fire,” he adds.
The school, located in Sokoto, in northwestern Nigeria, explains in a statement that it closed immediately after the “student unrest” that took place this morning.
Two suspects were eventually arrested for the death of Deborah Samuel.
The newspaper recalls that, in 2007, a similar situation occurred, but between students and a teacher at a secondary school in northeastern Nigeria. Muslim students beat the teacher to death after accusing her of desecrating the Koran.