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Deborah Samuel: 34 lawyers to defend murder suspects in court

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Prof. Mansur Ibrahim, the defense team’s leader, filed for liberal bail for the suspects, citing constitutional protections and portions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law.

Deborah Samuel: 34 lawyers to defend murder suspects in court

At least 34 lawyers have expressed an interest in defending Deborah Samuel’s killers in court today. Prof. Mansur Ibrahim led the defense team.

Deborah Samuel, a Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, 200-Level Home Economics student, was killed by a mob on May 12 for supposed blasphemy.

The alleged killers have been named as Bilyaminu Aliyu and Aminu Hukunci.

The suspects, who were co-students of the deceased, were arrested and charged in a Sokoto Chief Magistrate’s Court for their alleged involvement in the crime. They pleaded not guilty to the crime when asked to enter their pleas.

Deborah’s body was lying in a morgue at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital in Sokoto, according to prosecuting insp Khalil Musa.

Prof. Mansur Ibrahim, the defense team’s leader, then filed for liberal bail for the suspects, citing constitutional protections and portions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law.

However, the trial judge (name concealed for security reasons) deferred a decision on the bail application and ordered the accused to be remanded in custody.

Deborah was accused of defaming Islam on a WhatsApp conversation platform set up by her classmates before she was killed, and she refused to take down her post when requested to.

The arrest of people tied to Deborah’s lynching sparked a violent public protest, with protestors demanding that security personnel release them immediately.

As a result, on Saturday, Governor Aminu Tambuwal ordered a 24-hour curfew on Sokoto. On Monday, he reduced the curfew, which now runs from dusk to early.

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