Mother remains unconscious as Deborah Samuel’s corpse arrives in Niger


The corpse of Deborah Samuel, the student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, who was burnt to death, on Thursday, for alleged blasphemy, has arrived in Tunga Magajiya in Rijau local government area of Niger State.

A report by The Nation said that Deborah’s mother had been unconscious since she heard of her death while the father had been inconsolable.

The family was reported to have held a series of meetings to determine how the burial would take place.

According to the report, when the body was on its way to Niger State, the Sokoto State Government called that it should be returned as body had become property of the government.

But her family had reportedly insisted she would be buried today (Saturday).

Pastor of the family, who is in charge of 1st ECWA in Tunga Magajiya, Emmanuel Maaji, confirmed to RHE NATION that the family wanted her buried on Saturday.

He said the family was not happy with the way the government was handling the issue with kid gloves.

He disclosed that the body of Deborah was brought in a chartered bus, adding that immediately after the driver dropped the body, he returned to Sokoto.

He said that Deborah had been living with family members in Sokoto since her primary school days, lamenting the manner she was abruptly killed.

“The government only called and said that it is not right for the family to take the body like that without informing them.

“They said that they shouldn’t bury the body as the body is for the government and not for the family. They asked them to put the body in the mortuary,” Maaji stated.

The brother of Deborah’s father said that he would speak on the issue later as they were planning the burial and holding meetings.

The CAN Coordinator of Rijau Local Government area, Reverend Danjuma Doma, confirmed that the family and church were preparing for the burial.

“We are preparing for the burial. She will be buried today. We are all here to give the family support. We will update you on the situation as it goes,” he said.

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