Deborah Samuel, a second-year student at the Shehu Shagari College of Education in Sokoto, was buried at her Tungan Magajiya in Niger State’s Rijau Local Government Area.
Remember Deborah, who was allegedly assaulted and executed for blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad? (SAW).
The family was allegedly told by the Sokoto State Government to retain the remains in the mortuary until the problem was resolved.
Deborah had been living with family members in Sokoto since she was in elementary school, according to reports, until the event that led to her death on Thursday.
According to another account, after the family carried Deborah’s remains for burial, a Sokoto State Government official allegedly told them to return the body since it belonged to the government.
The deceased’s parents disagreed with the state government’s position and requested that she be buried today.
While commenting about the incident, Emmanuel Maaji, the Pastor of the family in charge of the 1st ECWA in Tunga Magajiya, highlighted that Deborah’s family insisted on her being buried today, despite the state government’s decision to wait until its own arrangements were completed.
Deborah’s parents, according to Pastor Maaji, are dissatisfied with the state government’s handling of the situation.
According to the clergyman, the deceased’s relatives used a rented bus to convey her remains.
The clergyman said that the state government instructed them to retain the body in a morgue rather than bury it.
When questioned for the identity of the government official, Pastor Maaji stated he didn’t know, but that the individual claimed to be a representative of the state government.
While verifying the news, the Rijau Local Government Area’s CAN Coordinator, Reverend Danjuma Doma, said the family and church are preparing to bury Late Deborah’s remains, adding, “we will inform you on the situation as it develops, but we are all here to assist the family at this time of loss.”
Earlier, there was a disagreement over the burial site prepared for her at the town’s cemetery, when some group of youths appeared and claimed that she cannot be laid to rest in it, saying that it was dug for another deceased person in the area.
Also, confirming the development, Pastor Maaji said as a result of the action of the youth, the family and church decided to suspend the burial and deposit the deceased in the morgue to avoid further argument.
The cleric said, “But when we prevailed on the youth, they saw reason with us and allowed us to bury her in the grave under contention. This is because the body is burnt and not good to the eyes.”
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