Deborah: Father speaks on his agony, says God will judge

Mr Garba Emmanuel and Deborah, her daughter murdered over alleged blasphemy in Sokoto

Mr Garba Emmanuel and Deborah, her daughter murdered over alleged blasphemy in Sokoto

Mr Garba Emmanuel, the father of Deborah, the second year student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto who was stoned to death with her remains also set ablaze over alleged blasphemy by her schoolmates last Thursday, has spoken of the agony of transporting the corpse of his daughter from where she was killed for burial in Niger State.

Emmanuel who said his family will not to seek any redress from court over the killing of their daughter, but leave everything to God said he paid N120,000 to ferry remains of his daughter home for burial

Speaking with Vanguard, the father, Emmanuel said the killing of Deborah, the eldest of his seven children is a big cross to bear.

He said, “The family will not go to court over the matter. Go to court to challenge human being or Almighty God over the issue? This is completely ruled out. God does not sleep. He knows what to do at the appropriate time and as the creator of everybody, we leave the case for Him to judge.

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“Certainly, it is a big cross to bear but what can we do than to carry the cross and accept our fate in all totality as it has come.

“Beside receiving the shock over the gruesome death of my daughter, I had another bitter experience to go and personally transport her corpse from Sokoto to Niger State. It was the saddest moment of my life to go and pick the corpse of my daughter and brought her home in a chartered bus, for which I paid N120,000.

“I pleaded at the hospital that since the corpse had been burnt, they should help me with the remains, so it doesn’t decompose completely for us to bury her.

“I also pleaded with the DSS and they reasoned along with me and agreed to release her remains to me after signing some documents. Which moment can be as sad as this in one’s life? However, it is all over and it has become history,” he said.

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