Postgraduate Student Withdraws From ABU Zaria to Protest Murder of Deborah in Sokoto

A student of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna, have renounced his postgraduate studentship to protest the killing of Deborah Samuel in Sokoto State. In a statement signed by the Ondo State born, Iwakun Oyeniyi pointed out to the fact that no one deserve to die such a painful death, in respective of their offense. Below is his full letter of withdrawal.

The Vice Chancellor,

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU),


Kaduna State,

13th May, 2022,

Dear Sir,


I, Oyeniyi Oyewole Iwakun, a Political Science postgraduate student with the admission number: P21SSPS8018 wishes to inform you of my decision to renouce my studentship at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

This decision is in protest of the gruesome murder of an innocent 200 level student, Miss Deborah Samuel of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto on Thursday, 12th May 2022 by some uncultured and evil minded religious extremists.

I opine that no matter her offence, nothing justifies the action of her murderers. More worrisome as shown in the online video in circulation on the social media is the supervised and organized manner of her killing and cremation in a broad day light.

image of Iwakun’s admission letter

As a detribalised young man with liberal views on religion, I see this ugly incident as most unacceptable in recent time therefore births my skepticism about my safety in Zaria, Kaduna state which has similar features of religious cum tribal intolerance, orchestrated insecurity and uncurtailed activities of bandits and terrorists.

It may be her today, but who knows who is next tommorow?

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Please accept this open letter as my contribution to the demand for justice for the late Deborah Samuel.

It is my hope that the perpetrators of this dastardly act are brought to book as against the usual narratives in the past.

Your’s Sincerely,

Oyeniyi Iwakun
Department of Political Science,
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria

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