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CAN Insists On Sunday Protests Over Deborah Samuel’s Killings



Following the killings of Deborah Samuel, a 200 level female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education over alleged blasphemy, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had insisted that the nationwide protests planned by the union will hold on Sunday.

Although there is already a ban on religious protests by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, an appeal by Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, and moves by some northern governors for CAN to shelve its planned protests, the association said the protest will hold as planned.

The spokesman for the CAN President, Rev. Bayo Oladeji, said the protest would take place on Sunday night in front of CAN secretariats in various states or major churches.

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Oladejo also noted that in cities where there are no CAN secretariats, they will use big churches to stage protests, adding that all participants are to gather in front of churches and they are not going to take to the streets during the protests in order to avoid interference of thugs.

Also, the state chapters of CAN in Benue and Plateau are also insisting that they would organise protests over Deborah Samuel’s killings in the states.

Speaking on the proposed protest, Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, said the Christian body had the constitutional right to protest but CAN is yet to inform the police of any demonstration.

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