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Killed for blasphemy in Nigeria: ‘It felt like a spear pierced my heart’

Deborah Samuel, a 21-year old Christian student at a college in northern Nigeria, was named as Deborah Samuel.

After accusing her of blasphemy for a voice message she shared on WhatsApp, a mob of her classmates beat her to death.

According to her father and mother, their lives have changed dramatically since her death.

Blasphemy laws in Nigeria have been controversial for a long time.


While Nigerian law does not base itself on any religion whatsoever, twelve states of the Muslim-majority North have Islamic courts that consider blasphemy a crime punishable by death.

However, death sentences for blasphemy are not being executed. Blasphemy accusations often lead to mob murders.

Reporter : Ishaq Khalid

Producer Lina Shaikhouni

Filming by Chukwuemeka Anyikwa

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