In the eyes of her fellow Muslim students, a Christian student in Nigeria is said to have insulted the Prophet Mohammed. An angry mob kills the young woman. Hundreds of people took to the streets against the arrest of two Muslims and demanded their release.
After the lynching of a Christian student, hundreds of people took to the streets in Nigeria against the arrest of two Muslims. They demonstrated in Sokoto for the release of the two students, residents of the city in north-western Nigeria said. Some protesters also marched to the palace of Sokoto's Sultan Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, who is the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslims and has called for those responsible to be punished.
Police officers and soldiers used tear gas and fired warning shots. The demonstrators then moved back into the city center, where they tried to loot Christian shops. Sokoto governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal urged protesters to go home and imposed a 24-hour curfew. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had strongly condemned the lynching of the student. Nobody has a right to vigilantism, he explained.
Nigeria has 215 million inhabitants. The north is mostly Muslim, the south is mostly Christian. In 2000, Sharia law was introduced in twelve states in northern Nigeria, including Sokoto. Death sentences for adultery, blasphemy or homosexuality have already been pronounced on this basis. So far there have been no executions.