Two suspects involved in the death of a 200-Level Home Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto State, Deborah Samuel have been remanded in police custody.
The student was killed by a mob in her school over blasphemy allegations on May 12 .
The suspects were put on trial before the Sokoto Chief Magistrates’ Court for their alleged involvement in the atrocity.
They pleaded not guilty to the crime.
The Inspector who prosecuted the case, Khalil Musa, explained to the court that investigations are still ongoing .
The legal team for the defense comprising of 34 attorneys, led by Prof. Mansur Ibrahim, applied for bail of the suspects , quoting constitutional provisions and sections of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law.
The judge postponed ruling on the bail application and ordered the suspects to be detained at a correctional centre.
Deborah , before her untimely demise , was accused of blasphemy on her class WhatsApp chat platform and refused to retract her post after she was asked to pull it down.
Some youths stormed the streets of Sokoto to protest the arrest of suspects linked to the lynching of Deborah and demanded their immediate release.
The Governor of Sokoto State , Aminu Tambuwal, consequently imposed a 24-hour curfew on the Sokoto metropolis on Saturday. He relaxed the curfew on Monday to be observed from dusk to dawn.
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