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Deborah’s Murder Reminds Me Of My Year Of Service in Yobe…


Enoch Oyedibu


A former Corp member, Ogunsemore Anthony has taken to his Facebook revealing his previous experience in northern muslims religion misinterpretation.


Anthony shared that it was a terrible experience and Deborah’s death was what made him to remember the incident.


In the piece, Anthony said he cannot forget in a hurry the experience.


In his words, “I can’t forget that experience in a hurry and I keep asking myself why these Muslims can so misinterprete issues to suit what they are planning to do.


“We had a certain female Corp member from Delta state, she likes painting her lips like � and putting on trousers. Unknown to her she became the subject of a serious hatred and an apparent plan to kill her was in the pipe line.


“You know these people have a way of coordinating their murderous acts, it’s a chain that includes the high and low in their society.


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“So corper Blessing was teaching one day in class and a particular student was busy distracting others, she tried to caution the boy and get him to concentrate but boy keep disturbing the rest of the class, Unknown to her, that was the trap. The said boy was writing in his note book and kept tiring them out, so when she went to the boy’s desk, she picked up the pieces of paper and threw them away. The boy stood up and left the classroom.


“Boom! Not upto 30mins, another teacher came to Blessing and asked her why she would desecrate the coran, she was so surprised to hear that and decided to ask the teacher where she got that kind of news. To cut the story short, the teacher asked Blessing to leave the school premises immediately else she would be kill.


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“Blessing quickly left the school to her lodge where she told other corp members what had transpired in school. As she was still speaking, a large crowd of Muslims youth were charging and chanting towards the corpers lodge with sticks and knives, they corpers quickly ran towards the gate to lock it , at that point it became a back and push in the gate as the knew that if the youth gained entrance into the place, they maybe more casualties. This happened in Potiskum.


“At that point, calls where coming into to the zonal office for help, I was one of the corper rep in the zone assisting the ZI and LI, the ZI, a Yoruba man quickly called the police, there was no action, he called the army, nothing happened, we started praying for God to intervene, we were asked to go see the Emir, we did, but you could sense the whole town was waiting to hear that Blessing had been killed before action would be taken.


“What shocked me most was that our LI, a Muslim was so furious, saying she deserves to die for desecrating the Quran, but thankfully our ZI called a Army topnotch in the south east who had to call the yobe command. ( I don’t know the process but it was so fast), military personnels came in two vans to take us to the location of the corpers, you won’t believe the crowd, youth wielding sticks, knives and a tray but when they saw the military they started running, all the corpers members were evacuated, the two vans couldn’t take everyone, so most of the soldiers has to walk beside the vans for us to get out of that place to the zonal office.


“We started wandering how writing quranic citations in a piece of paper or a notebook made the paper or notebook a quran.


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“As the madness was going on in the town, I was given one of the worst task of my life as the ZI mandated me to snick Blessing out of the town.


“While concern people where coming to find out what happened, I took Blessing through the backyard, and then out of the gate, picked okada towards Damaturu with Blessing looking completely different (her lips cleaned and dressed like a northern girl with her head covered) and crying profusely. We succeeded in sending her to Damaturu and that was her last day in Potiskum as she completed the remaining part of her service year at the state headquarters.”


Ogunsemore Anthony added that “this religious misinterpretation must stop forthwith. Deborah death is one of too many cases of religious extremists and fanatics taking the lives of innocent people.”


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