Parents of the killed female student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, Denora Samuel are said to have fallen into coma. Debora was killed on Thursday, May 12 by her fellow students for allegedly committing blasphemy against the Prophet of Islam, Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
Her remains had also been moved to her home town Tunga Magajiya, Niger, and buried. This was confirmd by Pastor Emmanuel Maaaji of the First Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Tunga Magajiya.
Maaaji, the pastor to the deceased’s family in charge of the church in Tunga Magajiya, who spoke by telephone to newsmen today, May 14, said that the deceased family insisted that late Deborah Samuel be buried today because they are not happy with the way the government is handling the issue.
Maaaji said that the late Samuel’s mother “has been unconscious since she heard the news on Thursday, which led to a rise in her blood pressure while the father has been inconsolable”.
He said: “the government called and said that it is not right for the family to take the body in that manner without informing the government of Sokoto State.
“The Sokoto State government told the family that Deborah’s body belongs to the government and not the family.”
Maaaji said that although he could not recollect the name of the person who called, the person claimed to be representing the government of Sokoto State.
Similarly, Rev. Danjuma Doma, Coordinator, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Rijau Local Government area of the state, confirmed that the family and church were preparing for the burial.
“We are all here to give the family support. We will update you on the situation as it goes,” he said.
The state chapter of CAN led by Most Rev. Bulus Yohanna, the Catholic Bishop of Kontagora, had condoled the Christian faithful in the state, especially, Rijau Local Government and the family of the late Samuel.