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Blasphemy: VP Osinbajo Expresses Shock Over Killing Of Deborah, Calls For Prosecution Of Perpetrators

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Blasphemy: VP Osinbajo Expresses Shock Over Killing Of Deborah, Calls For Prosecution Of Perpetrators

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has reacted to the killing of a College of Education student in Sokoto State, Deborah Samuel, describing the act as despicable and condemnable.

He made this known while speaking with reporters on Friday.

“Let me say that first, the President has reacted to this, in a statement which was issued earlier condemning the action. I must say that it’s a deeply distressing thing, very disturbing – such an atrocious killing of the young lady by a mob who took the law into their own hands. It’s very unfortunate”.

He noted that the swift reaction of the Sokoto State Government and also the Sultan of Sokoto is highly commendable.

He said: “I think that their swift reaction to the situation clearly demonstrated the outrage of millions of Nigerians and also demonstrated the desire of everyone to ensure that the perpetrators are quickly apprehended and prosecuted.

“Like the President has said, there must be impartial, extensive probe into all that happened before and during the incident. Afterwards there should be a prompt prosecution of all those found to be involved in line with the course of natural justice and the rule of law”.

According to him, there’s really no excuse for anyone or people to take the law into their own hands no matter the provocation. He added that there are set processes for ensuring that the government is able to redress whatever wrongs that are done against citizens.

“We express our heartfelt condolences to the family and relatives of the young lady Deborah Samuel. I can’t imagine how her parents and siblings and members of her family feel, not just about her death, but the very horrendous nature of its occurrence. I think it’s very sad indeed, and we extend our sincere condolences to them. We ask that the Almighty will comfort them at this time”, he added

He further called for more tolerance among people and communities even as the government continues to enforce law and order and protect the lives of all citizens.

Ayomide Ayano

A writer, communicator, Graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a Christian.

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