Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has revealed more details on the killing of Deborah Samuel, the 200-level of the Shehu Shagari College of Education.
While addressing newsmen on Friday when he visited Delta State as part of his 2023 presidential campaign, Tambuwal said operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) tried to save the late student but could not because they were overpowered by the irate mob.
“Contrary possibly to what you’re thinking, the security agencies, particularly the DSS, were able to get to the school on time and were actually able to get Deborah rescued from the mob initially.
“As they were mobilising forces from the military barracks, the police command, the mob was growing. As we speak, one of the DSS agents that attempted to save her life is in the hospital with a broken head and the other one had a broken hand.
“They were actually overpowered. It’s not as if she was left on her own.
“There was rescue by the DSS and they were around where she was locked into a room because they tried to really save her, but unfortunately they were overpowered,” Tambuwal said.
On May 12, Deborah was attacked by a mob and set ablaze over comments purportedly considered to be an insult to Prophet Mohammed.
The incident sparked outrage and condemnation across the country after video clips showing how Deborah was stoned and beaten with sticks before being set ablaze went viral on social media.
Subsequently, two suspects in connection with the killing were arrested by the police.
The arrest didn’t go down well with Sokoto residents as a protest was staged to demand the release of the suspects. This led to unrest in the state.