We’re still looking for Deborah’s killers, police say

Sokoto State Police Command has said its men are still looking for the suspected killers of a Shehu Shagari College of Education student, Deborah Samuel.

Samuel was stoned to death in May 2022 by some students believed to be her classmates over charges of blasphemy.

The command’s spokesman, DSP Sanusi Abubakar, who spoke with Sunday PUNCH after silence on the case, said those arrested by the police were not the prime suspects. Abubakar said they were only among those who organized the riots.

He added that those arrested were still in pre-trial detention, as ordered by the court.

Abubakar further said the main suspects were still at large and stated that attempts were being made to arrest them.

The police spokesman said: “Those we arrested at the time, although not the suspected killers, contributed to the violent riot and were brought before the court where the judge ordered that they be returned. As for those suspected killers, we’ve sent their photos to the media and our intelligence to every part of the state.

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“We are still looking for them and we are confident we can arrest them wherever they are hiding. We will flush them out and bring them before a competent court.”

He promised that the warrant would not be biased towards the case, adding that the state police commissioner, Muhammed Gumel, would ensure that justice was served.

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