Deborah Samuel: No suspect arrested after one year, Catholic priest laments

Deborah Samuel: No suspect arrested after one year, Catholic priest laments

A Nigerian Catholic priest based in Gambia, Fr Kelvin Ugwu, has lamented that nothing has been done to bring the killer of Deborah Samuel, a female students of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto State, to book.

It was exactly a year ago, May 12, 2022 that Deborah was burnt alive by her schoolmates over alleged blasphemy against Prophet Mohammed.

Taking to his Facebook page on Friday to mark the one-year anniversary of Deborah’s death, the Catholic priest questioned why the slain 200-level student was yet to get justice after one year.

The cleric then prayed that the killers of Deborah Samuel would never know peace.

Fr. Ugwu wrote, “Today made it exactly one year since you were brutally killed by your schoolmates. Your body was burnt to ashes by them. Your killers made a video of the whole thing shouting ʾAllāhu ʾakbar (God is the greatest). I am not sure which God they are talking about.

“After your death, there was uproar. The government of your country did not do much to help; they just closed your school for a few weeks and charged some persons to court.

“One presidential candidate allegedly sponsored lawyers to defend your killers. They arrested some persons for what they called civil unrest. But no single person has been arrested for killing you. No one is in custody. Everyone seemed to have moved on.

“I would have said that you should rest in peace, but what is the use of peace without justice? May your killers and all those who support them never know peace”.