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Tension In Kubwa, Abuja Over Gruesome Murder Of Wife Redeemed Pastor

Posted: Jul 11, 2016 at 11:49 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Jide Oyekunle

Abuja The murder of Eunice Elisha,  wife of Kubwa based pastor of  Redeemed Christian Church,Olawale Elisha, may have stocked the embers of ethnic/ religious tension in Abuja, the Federal capital city.

The 42- year- old mother of  seven was hacked to death a few meters to her house by unknown assailants in the early hours of Saturday, 9th July, while preaching to neighbors.

Her death and gruesomeness of the attack we learnt has set the entire satellite town on the edge raising fears of possible break down of law and order in the area. Kubwa is multi ethnic settlement in  the FCT   inhabited by virtually all ethnic nationalities in the country.

When Independent visited the scene of the horrendous act located close to Pipeline, Opposite New Market, Sunday morning , residents and parishioners were still in shock as tension hung in the air.

Dolapo Osinbajo, wife of the Vice President and Folu Adeboye, wife of the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) on Sunday,  paid separate visits to the home of  the Elishas to condole with the family.

Osinbajo who arrived the family residence of the late preacher at about 12:00pm also led a prayer session with the family and encouraged the bereaved husband to be strong in this time of grief.

In the condolence register she
wrote ” May her soul rest in peace, amen”.

Security aides to Pastor Bolu Adeboye prevented journalists from taking her photographs and asking her questions.

The deceased,as was her custom, was said to have gone out for evangelism at 5.00am few meters away from her house but was ambushed by some alleged miscreants at a cross junction where she was stabbed in the stomach, leg and had her throat slit . It was gathered that her assailants laid her head on the holy bible she was carrying and placed the megaphone beside her.

A resident who pleaded anonymity said that she heard somebody shouting ‘the blood of Jesus ! ‘the blood of Jesus !! ‘help me ! help me !! But I cannot come out of my house . “The woman was shouting for help seriously but no one can come out”

The husband of the deceased who could not control his emotion told  Independent in tears that his wife always wake up as early as 5.00am and go for morning cry (evangelism)  with her bible and megaphone to preach the gospel.
“My wife goes out to preach between 5am to 6am. On Saturday she went out the same time, around 6:30am, two of my children used to go out to play football at a field nearby, my children came back and told me that they heard some footballers saying that a woman preaching this morning was killed and her megaphone was still there, that they cut her head and her legs.

“I told my children it can’t be their mother, but they insisted we should go there and check, I wore my cloth and went there, when we got there, we didn’t see anybody, they have even covered her blood with sand”.

He disclosed further that on his way back from the scene a policeman who confirmed that such incident happened and the remains of the woman has been taken to the Phase 4 Police Station, Kubwa.

“I drove to the police station with two of my children, as we were entering the police gate, a pickup Van was coming out, and I saw my wife at the back of the pickup van, at this point, I and my children burst into tears”, he added.

Pastor Olawale also revealed that about two weeks ago a mallam (Islamic Cleric) came to knock on their gate and said that he was looking for his wife and requested for food during fasting period. ” He told my wife that he has an islamic school and he needed food but my wife told him that she does not have any food at home and he left.

“Also there was a day my wife told me that the chief Imam of the mosque near  our house listened to her preaching and the imam made a remark  that she was saying the truth about the God.”

On what might have been the reason  for her gruesome murder remained a mystery as the husband said that his wife have not been in any deal or controversy with anybody within the neighbourhood.

Independent investigation revealed that a group of hausa youths popularly called (mei bolla) deliberately built shanties directly in front a Redeemed close to the scene of the incident and has been terrorising some churches around the area. This was also corroborated by some members of the Redeemed Church (Fresh Fire Parish) who revealed that on many occasions the “hausa boys” will spread their mats in front of the church and also perform ablution. According to a member of the church who also pleaded not to be named because of the sensitive nature of the case said that the situation has forced the church to cancelled Tuesday and Thursday activities. ” They are provoking us to take action, as you can see they will mess up the front of the church even spread their mats and sleep but we have been able to maintain a decorum. Immediately this incident happened some of them have sneaked  to carry their properties and run away so that police will not arrest them. When we noticed the movement of these people we alerted the police but they did notcome”.

The Commissioner of Police FCT, Alkali Baba Usman in statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Anjuguri Manzah said that the Commissioner has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID)to lead a discreet investigation into the case.        According to the statement, “Six (6) suspects arrested in connection with the gruesome murder are in Police custody and currently undergoing interrogation. The outcome of the investigation will be made public.

The CP commiserates with the family members of the deceased over the unfortunate incident and assured them and other residents of the area of the commitment and determination of the Command to fish-out perpetrators of the heinous crime and bring them to justice.
He also seize this medium to enjoin residents and members of the general public to remain calm and cooperate with Police in the ongoing investigation”.

He said that contrary to report from some sections of the media that the deceased’s head and leg was chopped-off, the Command wants to state that apart from marks of injury inflicted on some parts of her body, all parts of the deceased body are intact. The Police has taken custody of her remains for preservation and examination.
As at time of filling this report another similar case of a member of Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries was  also alleged to have been murdered around NYSC junction Bazango also in the Kubwa  though this could not confirmed.

There have been several cases of killings, robbery of innocent people in some areas in kubwa and many of the residents have pointed accused fingers at these scavengers and trunk pushers who deliberately build shanties all over kubwa.