Sokoto college students to pay damages as school reopens


The Shehu Shagari College of Education (SSCOE) in Sokoto, where a second-year student, Deborah Yakubu, was lynched in May, is scheduled to reopen.

Ms. Yakubu was violently murdered by angry students protesting the accusation that she had posted a comment deemed blasphemous by her classmates on the class WhatsApp.

The school was immediately closed by the state government as the crisis intensified, leading to the burning of some facilities, including a church.

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Ms. Yakubu’s comment was said to ridicule Islam’s “blasphemer” against Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

The school has been scheduled to reopen on August 8, the management help.

A notice from the Registrar of the College, Gandi Asara, said the reopening was approved by the college’s governing council.

The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu TambuwalOn Tuesday, he ordered the university’s governing council to meet and reopen the university as soon as possible.

Tambuwal gave the directive when he received a report from a 12-member committee he set up to investigate the May 12 murder of the college student.

A statement from his special adviser on media and advertising, Muhammad Bello, assured that the government will implement the committee’s recommendations.

His murder drew widespread condemnation and led to the suspension of the previously scheduled ‘Section on Public Interest and Development Law’ (SPIDEL) Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Sokoto. The conference is yet to take place.

A court ordered the preventive detention of two suspects in connection with his murder. They are being represented by more than 34 attorneys.


However, in a notice to students on Thursday, the university’s Registrar of Education stated that the university’s reopening was approved by the university’s governing council.

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He said that all students must pay a sum of N1000 and sign a pledge.

While the reason for the pledge was not stated in the notice, the students are supposed to sign the pledge not to cause a disturbance on campus again. This has been practiced in many tertiary institutions in Nigeria after the student riots.

Parts of the notice read: “This is to inform all students of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, that the University Governing Council has approved the reopening of the University on Monday, August 8, 2022.

“Students are requested to report to the College to sign a Commitment at their various Schools after payment of One Thousand Naira (N1000.00) only.”

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