In an act of religious fanaticism, students in the Northwest have Nigeria killed a fellow student and burned her body. This was announced by the police spokesman in Sokoto in north-western Nigeria, Sanusi Abubakar. The incident happened at the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto.
According to the university, the student was accused of criticizing the Prophet Mohammed in a post on social media. The concrete statement of the alleged “blasphemy” is still unclear. The second-year student was a Christian herself. Police arrested two students for involvement in the crime. The school in the state of Sokoto is closed until further notice, the police confirmed.
Horrifying videos online show the student being beaten with stones and sticks. Her body was later set on fire by a group of students.
This is the latest incident of fanatical youth killing people in northern Nigeria for alleged blasphemy. Unlike the predominantly Christian south of Nigeria, the north is inhabited by conservative Muslims. Many northern states have Sharia law, which provides for the death penalty for blasphemy. Religious conflicts, especially between Muslims and Christians, occur again and again in the West African country with 206 million inhabitants.