The killers of Deborah Yakubu, a 200-Level Home Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, killed for allegedly criticising prophet Mohammed have been arraigned.
The suspects, Bilyaminu Aliyu and Aminu Hukunci, were docked on Monday at a Sokoto Chief Magistrate’s Court for partaking in the crime.
They pleaded not guilty to the crime.
Leading a team of 34 lawyers, the defence counsel, Prof. Mansur Ibrahim, applied for their bail on liberal terms citing constitutional provisions and sections of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law.
The trial judge (name withheld for security reasons) reserved the ruling on the bail application and ordered the accused to be remanded at a correctional centre.
Before she was lynched, Deborah was accused of denigrating Islam on a WhatsApp chat platform set up by her coursemates and refused to retract her post after she was asked to pull it down.
A violent street protest followed the arrest of suspects linked to the lynching of Deborah as the protesters demanded their immediate release by security operatives.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal consequently imposed a 24-hour curfew on Sokoto metropolis on Saturday. He relaxed the curfew on Monday to be observed from dusk to dawn. (NAN)