Deborah Samuel, a student at Sokoto’s Shehu Shagari College of Education who was burned to death for alleged blasphemy on Thursday, has arrived in the Rijau local government area of Niger State.
According to The Nation, Deborah’s mother has been comatose since learning of her death, while her father has been upset.
The family is currently gathering to talk about burial plans.
When a Sokoto State official requested that the body be returned since it had become government property, it was on its way to Niger State.
Her family, however, insisted that she be buried today.
Pastor Emmanuel Maaji, who is in charge of the 1st ECWA in Tunga Magajiya, revealed to The Nation that the family wanted her buried on Saturday.
He stated that the family is dissatisfied with the government’s handling of the situation with kid gloves.
He said Deborah’s body was transported on a hired bus and that the driver returned to Sokoto shortly after dropping the body off.
Deborah had been staying with family members in Sokoto since she was in primary school, he said, regretting her death.
“The government just contacted to say that the family should not have taken the body without alerting them.” They claimed they shouldn’t bury the dead because it belongs to the government, not the family. They requested that the body be taken to the mortuary,” Maaji explained.
Deborah’s father’s sibling said he would speak with The Nation later because they are still preparing the burial and conducting meetings.
Reverend Danjuma Doma, the Rijau Local Government Area CAN Coordinator, stated that the family and church were preparing for the burial.
“We’re getting ready to bury him.” She will be laid to rest today. We’re all here to assist the family. “We’ll keep you updated on the situation as it develops,” he said.