The Nigerian Bar Association has postponed its annual conference scheduled to hold in Sokoto state later this month.

The conference is for the NBA’s Section on Public Interest and Development Law and should have held between the 22nd and 26th of May.

President of the lawyers’ association, Olumide Akpata, says the postponement is to guarantee the safety of delegates and guest.

The notice added that the event will no longer hold as scheduled as a mark of honour for Deborah Emmanuel who was killed on Thursday last week.

The deceased was accused of blasphemy against the Islamic faith by her fellow students of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto.

Her death had sparked outrage from a section of the public which considered the murder as barbaric and wicked.

There are also those who argue that if the deceased refused to withdraw and apologise for a statement considered offensive to Islam, even in an environment overwhelmingly dominated by Moslems, she may have taken her luck too far.

The Sokoto state government had declared a curfew after some irate youths began another violence in demand for the release of the two persons arrested in connection with the murder.

A fresh date will be announced for the conference.


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