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The Governor of Sokoto State, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, on Friday, asserted that contrary to the belief that security agencies did not respond to the distress call, operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) who arrived at the scene tried to save Deborah Samuel, who was killed on May 12, 2022, before they were overpowered.

It would be recalled that Deborah, a 200-level student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, was taken out of a room she was hidden by other students of the school, beaten up to a state of unconsciousness, and set ablaze over alleged blasphemous comments about Prophet Mohammed.

While addressing newsmen in Delta State, the Governor said: “Security agencies, particularly the DSS, were able to get to the school on time and were able to get Deborah rescued from the mob initially. As they were mobilising forces from the Military barracks, the Police Command, the mob was growing. As we speak, one of the DSS agents who attempted to save her life is in the hospital with a broken head, and the other one had a broken hand.

“They were overpowered. It is not as if she was left on her own. There was rescue by the DSS and they were around where she was locked into, a room – because they tried to save her, but unfortunately, they were overpowered. So it is not like the security agencies did not respond.”

The Governor added that such an incident had never happened before in the State.

The Police have since declared the suspects spotted in the viral video wanted, while others arrested at the crime scene have been remanded in Prison.

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