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Female Nigerian student burnt alive over alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad

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A female Christian student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto‬ State in Northern Nigeria, was on Thursday, burnt alive after she was accused of allegedly making a blasphemous statement against Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

The student who was identified as Deborah Emmanuel, was said to have made a comment on WhatsApp which was deemed to insult Prophet Muhammad and was beaten to a pulp by some Muslim students in the school before setting her on fire.

A fellow student who narrated what led to the unfortunate incident, said the WhatsApp group was created by Deborah’s colleagues to serve as a platform to discuss academic issues.

However, on Thursday, a participant in the group posted a religious comment on the platform and while criticising it, Deborah made a comment which others felt was blasphemous against the Prophet.

“She was asked to apologize but she refused which led to the attackers descending on her.

“She was initially rescued by the school’s security officers who took her to their post but the crowd which had grown large at that time overwhelmed the security officers and seized her from them.

“They hit her with stones and sticks and when she fell down unconscious, the attackers brought tyres and petrol, hung the tyres on her and set her ablaze.”

The Sokoto State Commissioner for Information, Isa Bajini Galadanchi, who later spoke with journalists at the Government House, said state Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal had ordered that the school be shut indefinitely and had directed the Ministry of Higher Education and relevant security agencies to investigate the matter.

“The Governor has called on the people of the state to remain calm and maintain peace as the government would take appropriate actions on the findings of the investigation,” Bajini said.

 

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Unprecedented floods destroy 2,500 homes, displace thousands in Eastern Sudan

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More than 2,500 homes have been destroyed while thousands of residents were forced to flee several towns in eastern Sudan as a result of seasonal floods that hit the region following days of torrential rain.

Sudanese state news agency, SUNA, reported on Friday that the collapse of the houses have left thousands homeless in the already impoverished region.

SUNA said another 546 houses were partially destroyed by torrential rains in the River Nile province late Thursday as the River bank broke and the area became flooded.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in a statement on the disaster, said there were fears some people could have been swept away by the floods especially those at the bank of the River Nile.

The statement noted that since the start of the rainy season in May, an estimated 38,000 people have been affected by the floods across the country.

“So far, the areas hardest hit include Kassala, South Darfur, Central Darfur, South Kordofan, the White Nile and the River Nile provinces.

“The total nationwide death toll remains undetermined,” OCHA said.

In an earlier report on Thursday, OCHA had said that at least six people had died, and an unconfirmed number of people were injured when their houses collapsed or were washed away by floods in the Central Darfur province.

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Five killed as opposition protesters clash with security agencies in Somaliland

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At least five persons were killed on Thursday as a demonstration by Somaliland opposition members protesting over fears of a delayed election, turned bloody as security forces tried to repel the demonstrators from destroying properties.

An opposition leader said the police opened fire on the demonstrators after accusing them of not following officers’ instructions.

Hundreds of people took part in the protests across the country after talks between the government and opposition failed and the opposition accused authorities of trying to delay the election.

President Muse Bihi Abdi who confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday, said the five were killed in the capital, Hargeisa, and the towns of Burao and Erigavo in the northern region that separates the breakaway country from Somalia.

Abdi also confirmed that almost 100 others were wounded, with most of them members of security forces.

The president however, blamed opposition groups for the unrest, reiterating that unauthorized protests would not be tolerated and dissidents would be crushed.

Main opposition leader, Abdirahman Mohamed Irro, said despite the killings, protests will continue until the presidential election is held on November 13 as pronounced by Abdi.

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