Monday, 11 July 2016

ABUJA PREACHER’S MURDER: They killed my mother like a chicken—15-yr-old daughter

Among the early callers at the residence were wife of the Vice President, Dolapo Osinbajo, who visited the family at about 12:30p.m.; wife of the General Overseer of RCCG, Mrs Adeboye, and the Bwari Area Council Chairman, Musa Dikko.

Late Mrs Eunice Olawale was murdered at about 5:30a.m. on Saturday, as she went for early morning preaching (Morning Cry) close to her residence. Her throat was slit, with her head rested on the bible she used for preaching. Already, the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Police Command has said that investigation was ongoing to uncover those behind the act, just as miscreants were reported to be on rampage at Arab Road, Omega Paints Road, Pipeline and its environs, terrorising people.

‘They killed her like a chicken’

Speaking to Vanguard at their residence, the first daughter of the late deaconess, Jessica Olawale, while crying uncontrollably, said that her mother was killed like a chicken. The 15-year-old Senior Secondary School 2 student, said: “Everybody is just saying it is well, nobody can understand how I feel. “She is innocent; she didn’t do anybody any harm. She uses just her megaphone and bible; just preaching. They just killed her like a chicken and left her there.” Her husband, Olawale Elisha, who is also a pastor at RCCG, said: “My wife always goes out early in the morning for ‘Morning Cry.’ There was a particular day she went out and she told me that there is a mosque at the back, where they made comments about her preaching. So I just cautioned her. “This morning (Saturday), she went around 5a.m. and I was still in bed because we did vigil which she participated in for a while because of the ‘Morning Cry’ she planned to undertake. “Two of my boys are footballers; they went to the field to play. When they came back, they told me that they heard some footballers saying that some hoodlums had butchered a woman who was preaching early this morning.

‘I found my wife lifeless in a police van’

“We hurried down in the shorts I was putting on but did not see anybody. However, we saw blood on the ground. I asked a policeman around and he said it was true but that they had taken her 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 and from there, she was taken to the mortuary. The incident happened between 5and 5:30a.m. because she usually goes out at 5a.m. and comes back 6a.m.” The deceased, according to her husband, was born on July 23, 1974. They got married in July, 2000. On whether the deceased, who was into property, had any disagreement with anybody, the husband said: “She had no problem with anybody and there was no property to sell at hand. She didn’t have anything with anybody.” He said that the Command Officer in Kubwa had visited the house and promised to come back for condolence, adding “they came with the Chairman of Bwari Area Council. “Even the DPO called me in the morning and asked me to come to their station to make a report. I called my senior pastors, who said I shouldn’t go, wondering why he expects me, with the emotional trauma, to come there.” Miscreants in charge Meanwhile, it was gathered that about 10a.m. yesterday, some of the miscreants living in shanties built in front of the Fresh Fire Parish Gbazango were packing their belongings and fleeing. Some members of the church complained that they were always terrorised by the boys within the Gbazango area up to Omega Paint Street opposite Total Filing Station and its environs by miscreants who live in shanties. Church members said that the boys always spread their mats in front of the church to sleep and do their ablution, which had forced the church not to carry out their Tuesday, Thursday mid-week service. “They have provoked us to take action, but we have remained calm,” one of them stated, adding that that they called the police to tell them the miscreants, who they said were mainly Hausa/Fulani, were running away, but the police did nothing. Police story Meanwhile, the FCT Police Command said it has arrested some suspects in connection with the murder of the 42-year-old preacher. Spokesperson of the Command, ASP Anjuguri Manzah, said the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Alkali Usman, had directed the homicide section to take over the investigation. He said: “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.” The spokesman, however, did not mention the number of suspects arrested. He said that personnel of the command had visited the scene of the incident and investigation had commenced in earnest.