By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
The parents of Deborah Samuel, the 200L student of Shehu Shagari College of Education that was set ablaze by a mob for alleged blasphemy, have said their remaining seven children will never go to school again.
Emmanuel Garba, Deborah’s father, in an interview with The PUNCH, on Sunday, said he paid N120,000 to transport the remains of his daughter from Sokoto State to Niger State.
Garba, who said he would not seek any legal redress, disclosed that no government official had not contacted him despite the gruesome killing of his daughter.
“I have yet to get a call or message from anyone concerning the incident. Nobody called me; I decided to go on my own. I went to the state CID (Criminal Investigation Department) office and begged them to help me get the corpse so I could bury it because leaving it there might make it decompose. Then they took me to the mortuary, did some paperwork and released the remains to me.
“I was the one who paid to transport the remains. I was charged N120,000 which I was forced to pay because that was the cheapest I got as the majority of people don’t like transporting corpses,” he said.
Garba, a security guard with the Niger State Water and Sewage Corporation, said his wife had fallen ill, adding that she had just finished receiving injections.
“We are not seeking redress in any court over the killing of our daughter. We are firm believers in Christ who always leave everything in the hands of God. No vengeance, nothing. Everything is left to our creator.
“We don’t want anything (from the government) but it is just unfortunate that we used all our resources to send her to school and now she is dead. She was my eldest child and I have seven others left,” he added.
Her mother, Alheri Emmanuel, who broke down in tears, said: “I have no demands; I don’t want anything but one thing I know is that my children will never go to school again.”