BY Christopher Kalun
Mrs. Eunice Elisaha a 42-year-old mother of seven and an assistant pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), was in the early hours of Saturday murdered by assailants, while preaching around Gbazango-West area of Kubwa in the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Eunice, an indigene of Ekiti State, was a Deaconess at the Divine Touch Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Old NEPA Road, Phase 4, Kubwa, Abuja.
According to witnesses, Eunice was brutally murdered while preaching in the early hours of Saturday July 9, 2016.
Speaking to newsmen, the husband of the slain woman, Mr. Olawale Elisha, said his wife had gone out to preach in the neighbourhood in her usual practice at about 5am on the fateful day only for him to hear the report of her murder.
He said: “It was the usually practice of my wife to go out early in the morning to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to many who care to listen. We call it morning cry. This morning, she went around 5am and I was still in bed because we conducted a night vigil which she took active part in for a while before she went to sleep in order to prepare for the Morning Cry.”
At day break, Eunice was expected back to her family, but did not return and her long stay on evangelism brought anxiety to her family members who became apprehensive on what could have happened to her.
The apprehension continued as two of Mrs. Elisha’s children returned from the field where they went for football practice. They were amateur footballers.
Mr. Elisha told newsreportersng.com that, “Two of my boys are footballers; so, they went to the field to play. When they came back, they told me that they heard some footballers discussing how some persons butchered a woman preaching early this morning. So, when I heard this, I was gripped with fear, praying that God should not allow the unexpected to happen, as we rushed out of the house in shorts and trekked down to the area they said the footballers described. On getting there, we didn’t see anybody, but we saw blood on the ground. Then I asked a policeman around and he confirmed to me that it was true and that they had taken her corpse to Phase 4 Police Station.
“ I went to the station with my children and when we got there, I saw the lifeless body of my wife at the back of the police van.
From there, she was taken to the mortuary. The incident happened between 5am and 5:30am because she usually goes out 5am and comes back 6am.”
On the likely killers of his wife, Elisha declined comments, but revealed that , “there was a particular day she went out and she told me that there is a mosque at the back where they commented about what she said. So, I warned her to beware of those religious fanatics.”
While eulogising his late wife, Olawale described Eunice as a devout Christian, who served God with everything she had. His words: “My wife was so committed to anything that is of God. She was a reckless giver to God’s work. She rarely missed any programme in church. Asked how he felt with the murder of his beloved wife, Olawale paused for a while before he could mutter some words saying: “I see her as a martyr who died for Christ. Whether the people are caught or not, they should forgive them.
My prayer is that if they can accept Christ it will be a gain for Christ.”
A neighbour, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the deceased and her family packed into their
Personal building less than a year ago. She described the late Eunice as a friendly woman. Another resident of the area, who pleaded that his name should not be mentioned, said though the community engaged the services of private guards, the effort was not enough. According to him, the residents started facing security challenge when some boys who are mainly non-Nigerians began to settle in the area and building batchers as their hamlet.
Giving account of the incident, he said the woman screamed but could not be rescued before the attackers butchered her to death.
“She shouted Blood of Jesus! Blood of Jesus! She laid dead with her handset and the megaphone she used for the preaching. Really, the attack was an act of hatred and religious sentiment,” he said.
When newsreportersng.com visited Kubwa Divisional Police Statation, Phase 4, the DPO was not on seat. however, one of the senior officers, confirmed the killing, but said he was not authorized to speak.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT, ASP Manzah Anjuguri, when contacted promised to release the details of the incident later. But as at the time of filling this report, the police PRO was yet to contact the reporter. He disclosed that the police had arrested some people in connection with the killing.
He said that the FTC Commissioner of Police, Mr Alkali Usman has directed the homicide section to take over the investigation.
“We have made some arrests and they are helping in our investigation.
“The commissioner of police has ordered the homicide section of the command to take over the investigation of the case,” he said.
The spokesman, however, did not mention the number of suspects arrested. He said personnel of the command had visited the scene of the incident and investigation had started.