The Governing Council of Shehu Shagari College of education, at it’s 79th meeting held Friday, approved the reopening of the college on Monday 8th August, 2022.
The College was shot down indifintly by governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal 86 days ago after mobs killed and set ablaze one Deborah Samuel, an NCE 2 student of the Home Economics department on allegation of blasphemy.
The decision to reopen the institution was contained in a statement signed by the college, Registrar, Malam Gandi Muhammad Asara.
According to the statement, all students of both NCE and Degree programme are to report to the college to sign an undertaking form between Monday 8th to 11th August, 2022.
Recall that, the late Deborah Samuel was killed and set ablaze by mobs suspected to be fellow students after her response to an issue in a WhatsApp group suspected to be created by their class was said to blasphameus.
Deborah’s comment in the group according to several accounts ilicited the anger that she has blasphemed the Prophet hence leading to mob action against her before setting her ablaze.
Reacting to the incident then, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocee, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah urged the security agencies to bring those involved in the gruesome murder of Ms Deborah to book.
Kukah who noted in a statement that he received with deep shock the news of the tragedy that has occured in the Shehu Shagari Collage of Education, leading to the gruesome murder of Ms Deborah Yakubu, a 200 level Home Economics Student today.
He alongside the state governor, and the Sultan all condemned this incident in the strongest terms and call on the authorities to investigate the tragic incidence with a view to bringing all them to book.
According to Kukah, the killing of Deborah has nothing to do with Religion, hence both Christians and their Muslim brothers have lived peacefully with each other in Sokoto over the years, adding, “This matter must be treated as a criminal act and the law must take it’s cause”. Kukah had advised.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal represented by his Commissioner of Information, Hon Isah Bajini Galadanci ordered for immediate investigation into the cause of the incident in addition to closing the institution.
Few days after Deborah Samuel’s killing, the Sokoto State Police Command declared those that are prime suspected in the act wanted for culpable humicide.
The State Police Command spokesperson, ASP Sanusi Abubakar notes that those arrested at the scene of crime have been charged to Court and sentenced to Correctional centers.
A statement by the police spokesperson, ASP Sanusi Abubakar however assured that others arrested at the scene of crime have been charged to Court and now remanded in correctional center.
Uncomfortable with the arrest and subsequent detention of the suspects linked to Deborah Samuel’s killing, some groups stagged protest within Sokoto metropolis and demanded for their unconditional release.
86 days has come and gone after the incident, the question in the lips of most people is are the suspects now released or still in the correctional center? Others are asking if the state is willing to continue the prosecution to serve as determent to others or succumb to pressures and let it go unnoticed?.