Mob killing reignites blasphemy law debate in Nigeria – BBC News

The mob killing of Deborah Samuel, who was accused of blasphemy, has reignited debate in Nigeria over its blasphemy laws.

Deborah Samuel, a 21-year-old Christian student in college in northern Nigeria, was beaten her death after being accused of blasphemy over a WhatsApp voice note.

Blasphemy laws have long been controversial in the country.

Although Nigerian law is not based on any religion, 12 states in the Muslim-majority north have Islamic courts that view blasphemy as an offence punishable by death.

But death sentences for blasphemy have never been carried out. Instead, blasphemy allegations often lead to mob killings.

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