May 29, 2023

BLASPHEMY KILLING: NHRC Demands Immediate Prosecution of Killers of Deborah

.. Consoles the Disease’s Family, Others

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.. Consoles the Disease’s Family, Other

By Shola Akingboye, 14th Ma, 2022.

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has strongly condemned the killing of a second-year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Ms Deborah Samuel over alleged blasphemy, says perpetrators must face the wrath of the law.

According to a press statement on Sunday, the Governing Council of the Commission, reacting to the killing has said there is no law, either secular or religious in a democratic society anywhere in the world that justifies the killing of any person without due process of the law.

While urging all Nigerians to exercise tolerance over religious matters, the Commission tasked relevant authorities, particularly the Police to thoroughly investigate and prosecute the culprits reportedly arrested, and also put necessary mechanisms in place to effect the arrest of every other person allegedly involved in the gruesome murder.

It added that the perpetrators must be brought to book to prevent future occurrence, says the consequence of inaction by the law enforcement agencies could lead to a recurrence in future.

“The Commission used the opportunity to condemn all acts of religious extremism in the country and appeals to all parties in this matter as well as the concerned public to remain calm even in the face of this provocative and dastardly act while awaiting the report of the Police investigation. It added that two wrongs cannot make a right”.

However, the council expressed its condolences to the family of the late victim, Deborah and other families who had lost their loved ones under similar conditions, assuring them that the Commission will work with relevant bodies to ensure that justice is served in such cases.

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