The Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) Police Command said it has arrested some suspects in connection with the murder of a 42 year-old female preacher, Eunice Elisha, around pipeline area of Kubwa, a satellite town of Abuja early Saturday morning.
The spokesperson of FCT Police Command, ASP Anjuguri Manzah said the 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 that personnel of the command had visited the scene of the incident and investigation had.
The woman, a mother of seven, was killed while preaching in the early hours of the day around the pipeline area of Kubwa, a satellite town of the FCT.
Reports indicated that Eunice, who was a Deaconess at the Divine Touch Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Old NEPA Road, Phase 4, Kubwa, was cut in the neck and stabbed in the stomach.
Her husband, Olawale Elisha, who is also a pastor at RCCG, told journalists that his wife had gone out to preach in the neighbourhood at about 5am.
“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 commented about what she said. So I just cautioned her.
“This morning (Saturday), she went around 5am 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, so they went to the field to play. And 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.
“So, when I heard this, we trekked down in the shorts I was putting on and we didn’t see anybody but we saw blood on the ground. I asked a policeman around and he said it is 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 5am and 5:30am because she usually goes out 5am and comes back 6am.”
The deceased, according to her husband was born on July 23, 1974 while he got married to her on July, 2000.
A website, naijachurchnews quoted some unidentified residents of the area where Eunice was killed as saying they heard the woman preaching in the morning, before her voice faded off, followed by screams.
“I heard her voice as usual in the morning around 5am preaching and at a point, her voice faded.
“By the time I woke up to start my morning chores, I started hearing people say that a dead body has been found in my area.
“On getting there, I discovered that it was the body of the woman preacher. She is such a nice and jovial person, she doesn’t deserve to die at all and if at all, not in that manner,” the website reported quoting an unidentified resident of the area.
“She was practically slaughtered. Her legs were injured and she was lying in the pool of her own blood before policemen came to evacuate her body,” he said of how the woman was murdered.
Another resident the website simply identified as Idris said: “I heard her preaching today like every normal day.
“Later on, I heard someone screaming but because of the security situation in the country, I decided not to come out.
“By the time I came out, I saw people gathered discussing the death of the woman. I believe if most people had come out when she screamed, she would have been saved,” the website further said.
Also, naijachurchnews quoted the head of security outfit in charge of the area, Sam & Co Mr. Sam as confirming the gruesome manner Eunice was killed: “I saw a deep cut on one side of her stomach and her leg.
“She was not stabbed. I feel if she was stabbed, we would have met her gasping for breath. But when we got to her place because we heard someone shouting blood of Jesus repeatedly, she was already gone.
“This is a woman who preaches every morning. She always admonishes people to repent and that the kingdom of God is at hand.
“We heard someone shouting the blood of Jesus and we noticed that the rate at which the person was calling the blood of Jesus was too much. But before we got there, she was in the pool of her blood.”