Christianah Oluwatoyin Oluwasesin

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Christianah Oluwatoyin Oluwasesin (first name also given as Christiana, last name also as Oluwaseesin, Oluseesin or Olusesan), (Ekiti State, 1977 – Gandu, Gombe State, 21 March 2007), was a Christian Nigerian teacher who was lynched by Muslim pupils for allegedly desecrating the Qur'an at a secondary school in Gandu, Gombe State, Nigeria, on March 21, 2007.[1][2][3]

Oluwasesin, a mother of two,[1] was assigned to supervise an Islamic Religious Knowledge exam. When one of the students wanted to enter the exam hall with his books, Oluwasesin collected them and threw them outside.[4] The students claimed that one of the books was a copy of the Qur'an, started to chant "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is Great) and chased her to the school principal's office.[5] They dragged her out of the office, stripped her naked and stabbed her to death. They then burnt her corpse in a car, beat up the school principal, a Muslim, for offering refuge to her, and burned down three classroom blocks, the school clinic, the administrative block and the library.[6] [7] The marauding students were 12 – 14 years old and supposedly joined by members of a gang called Yan Kalare.[8][9]

Gombe State Governor Mohammed Danjuma Goje ordered the immediate closure of all secondary schools in the state and the deployment of soldiers and policemen to strategic points in the state, especially churches.[6] Three persons were arrested in connection with the murder. They were arraigned before the Federal High Court, Gombe, which had not yet delivered judgment on the matter in March 2008.[10]


  1. ^ a b Obogo, Linus (2007-06-02). "Daddy, where is mummy?". Daily Sun (Lagos). The Sun Publishing Limited. Archived from the original on 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  2. ^ Christopher S. Grenda, Chris Beneke, David Nash (2014). Profane: Sacrilegious Expression in a Multicultural Age (Book collections on Project MUSE). University of California Press. p. 221. ISBN 978-0-520-2772-29.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Patrick J. Roelle Sr. (2010). Islam's Mandate: A Tribute to Jihad (The Mosque at Ground Zero). AuthorHouse. p. 425. ISBN 978-1-452-0801-78.
  4. ^ "The danger in shrieking silence". The Nation (Lagos). Vintage Press Limited. 2007-03-31. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  5. ^ Abati, Reuben (2007-03-25). "The gruesome murder of Oluwatoyin Olusesan". The Guardian (Lagos) via Vintage Press Limited. Retrieved 2008-07-21.[dead link]
  6. ^ a b Adaji, Ben (2007-04-09). "Killing In Allah's Name". The News (Lagos). Independent Communications Network Limited.
  7. ^ Haruna, Mohammed (2007-04-04). "Olusesan's murder as a failure of Muslim leadership". The Nation (Nigeria). Vintage Press Limited. Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  8. ^ Nwobu, Lawrence Chinedu (2007-03-28). "The Murder of Oluwatoyin Olusesan and the failings of the Nigerian press". Retrieved 2008-07-21.
  9. ^ Hamagam, Aliyu M. (2008-05-10). "Gombe:Rivalry keeps Yan Kalare alive". The Daily Trust (Abuja). Media Trust Nigeria, Limited. Retrieved 2008-07-21.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ Obasi, Sebastine (2008-03-28). "Keeping the Dream Alive". Newswatch Magazine (Lagos). Newswatch Communications Limited. Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2008-07-21.

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