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Heartbreaking! Woman Killed During Early Morning Evangelism in Abuja

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Eunice-ElishaThe Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command said it has arrested some suspects in connection with the killing of a woman preacher in Kubwa, FCT.

The FCT command’s Spokesman, ASP Anjuguri Manzah confirmed the arrest to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.

“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.

According to PUNCH, the deceased, Eunice Elisha, 41 was killed while preaching in the early hours of the day around the pipeline area of Kubwa, a satellite town of the FCT.

Eunice who was a Deaconess at the Divine Touch Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God was said to have been cut in the neck and stabbed in the stomach.

She was left in the pool of her blood with her bible, megaphone, and cellphone.

Speaking to newsmen at their residence, the deceased’s husband, Olawale Elisha, a Pastor in their church said:

My wife always goes out early in the morning for ‘Morning Cry’ (evangelism). 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.

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. We have seven children.

I see her as a martyr and she died for Christ. And whether the people are caught or not, they should forgive them; my prayer is that if they can accept Christ, that will be a gain to Christ.

47 Comments

  1. nwa nna

    July 9, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    Wow! Wow! Wow! My condolences to the family & RIP… This is the height of barbarism and intolerance.. Is this how low Nigeria has sunk as a nation??? The usual shyte will be said by the FGN and that will be it, and it is back to business as usual….
    I am so disgusted at the things I hear coming out of Nigeria that it makes me wonder, with how much we profess to be a God fearing & religious, does God really dwell inside of our hearts or is it just lip service?! No one should be maimed, killed or slaughtered for their religious beliefs whether or not we agree with it or NOT…

    • The Bull

      July 10, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Nigeria has always been a violent nation with no value for life. Nothing new! there is soo much blood shed and injustice. She was probably killed by one/some fanatics and nothing will happen to them.

    • Damilola

      July 10, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Nigerians are professing to be hearer not doer of God’s word. No time for fancy Christianity, it’s a spiritual warfare. This is the time true Christians join hands together to interceed, and pray. Muslims(the religion through Abraham, which says they will multiply but they are not part of the promised land). A false religion, bcos they don’t believe Christ is the son of God. Christ is not just prophet like Mohammed. He’s God in flesh. A religion that believes it’s justified to kill non believer. Their time of peace which was years ago has passed, they got more violent and oppression became their message over the years.

      Religious conflict is nothing new in the north. My family lived in Kano, there was a time Muslims literally went from houses to another, on the street massacred Christians and burnt down churches. My family was a member of deeper life at that time. That’s the reason my family ran out of Kano with nothing except the clothes they had on. Many Nigerians are oblivious to what has taken place and is taking place now in Nigeria. Or they are just in denial.
      What I find baffling is Muslims are getting more courageous than ever. Buhari shuts his eyes to it. As a Muslim president he should adamantly condemn such actions. He’s preaching one Nigeria, peace while he’s not coming with practical ways to unite Nigeria.
      He should address his people himself not sending VP, that’s where he should start from.

    • Morolake

      July 11, 2016 at 10:59 am

      Hmmm trust me it is very bad. I heard that they stabbed a Pastor at the Redemption camp. The Pastor went into the bush for some solitude and prayers and i heard that some Fulani Herds men accosted him and stabbed him. They even left him for dead, not knowing he was still alive.

      For the love of God, Redemption camp is a private property and people pray all around the place. It now means they need to up the security within the camp grounds????

      I don’t understand what is going on. Its so sad. My family used to live in Kano and it was so peaceful then. Suddenly the hatred for Christians has become something else.

  2. Abi

    July 10, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Exactly my thoughts. We all shout BlackLivesMatter on twitter and other social media platforms yet our own people are killed everyday for religious and ethnic beliefs and its a norm. Nigeria is one of the religious countries in the world yet her people are the most wicked at heart. No wonder the country is still where it is despite all our God-given resources; environmental and intellectual. I pray God rests her soul and may she reign with Christ in His kingdom.

    • Nahum

      July 10, 2016 at 10:04 pm

      We are wicked o, no be small

  3. Aisha

    July 10, 2016 at 1:34 am

    This is extremely heart breaking and my condolence to the bereaved family over this tragic and senseless loss.
    If this was done for the sake of Islam, then they have lost because Islam never sanctioned this form of evil or anything closely related to this.
    If this was done for the sake of any other thing, then they still are losers.
    They may excape the justice of this earth but they will NEVER escape God’s judgment.
    They have what, 10, 20, 30, tops 70 years, maybe, left on this earth before they face their hear after.
    Such foolishness and stupidity!
    God, this is sooooo annoying.

  4. Amaa

    July 10, 2016 at 1:47 am

    They get bold and bolder everyday. We have always been peaceful and tolerant of each other’s religious views .Is their a correlation between the president being in power and the brazenness of this murders. I asked a simple question

    • Iris

      July 10, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Ethnic and religious clashes have been there for a while, but it doesn’t help that this guy is slow to do anything about anything. Who knows what goes through the mind of a crazy person? Maybe they do feel emboldened by him even if he doesn’t sanction it. Or maybe they’re just violent assholes. We don’t know *sigh*

    • Danladi

      July 11, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Yes to your question

  5. Ama

    July 10, 2016 at 2:06 am

    #WomensLivesMatter #ChristiansLivesMatter

    Low-lives like Freeze didn’t see this? Is this violence in the US this time or against black people? Child puhleeze!!! R.I.P ma’am.

  6. AHausaChickInToronto

    July 10, 2016 at 2:12 am

    The sad thing is that these “extremist Muslims” are the daftest of all people, they don’t even understand their religion…. these senseless and barbaric killings are all down to intolerance and lack of love. That is the problem of this world; if you don’t look like me, pray like me, think like me or smell like me then I am automatically permitted to hate (kill) you. What the heck is going on, This is absolutely ridiculous, heaven is her portion by Gods grace.

    • eva

      July 10, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      This is sad. Someone out there is thinking they helped God to kill her.

  7. Weezy

    July 10, 2016 at 2:48 am

    Nigerian Christian Lives Matter

  8. NaijaLikita

    July 10, 2016 at 3:33 am

    Why are people assuming that Muslims are to blame? What if she was at the right place at the wrong time? They said hoodlums, not Muslims. What if the killers were Christians too? Abi we Christians don’t kill? Trump mentality is real. May her soul rest in peace and I hope the killers are found to bring closure.

    • Me

      July 10, 2016 at 4:11 am

      Go and sit down, olorigbeske aka awon I too know… She had been warned by them Muslim people before and they are usually awake (at the time she was killed) for their prayers

    • left brain psycriatric doctor

      July 10, 2016 at 5:38 am

      Watch and see whether your bloodsucking president would make a positive comment?

    • Fact.

      July 12, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      From Sahara Reporters:

      “”Pastor Olawale expressed shock over the death of his wife and what might have been the reason for her murder. He said that his wife had no quarrel with anyone that could have warranted her murder, describing her as a martyr.

      He recalled a day his wife told him that there is a mosque at the back of their house where the head of the mosque made a remark that her preaching wasn’t saying the truth about God. That he cautioned to be very careful.

      He also narrated another incident of a Muslim cleric who came to their house and asked his wife to give him food that he had an Islamic school and needed food, but my wife told him that she does not have any food at home, and the Mallam left.

      The story was also corroborated by the second son of the deceased, John James, who said that his mother asked him to tell the strange Mallam that they don’t have food.

      James revealed further that few days after the Mallam came to their house, his mother and himself took ill and almost died. He said that her mother kept emphasising that the strange Mallam caused their illness.””

    • kiki

      July 10, 2016 at 5:23 am

      W2you don’t need a soothsayer to know she was killed by a group of religious extremists! The police/media would always try to present a soothing narrative but we all know what’s up abeg.BTW her cellphone wasn’t taken.

    • Luther, M.

      July 10, 2016 at 8:53 am

      @naijalikitawhatever, shut up! A martyr, a wife, a mother to seven children, a woman, a Christian, a servant of God, a true neighbour to her neighbours (for she merely sought their earthly and eternal good), someone is dead, her blood most probably still lying on the streets, still staining the streets, the voice of it like Abel’s still crying out for justice, to be avenged, to GOD from the ground; and you, you because your Creator, The ONE Who says HE causes it to rain on both the just and the unjust, blessed you with a mouth, you come here to open it and poison the atmosphere with the vacuous, valueless, worthless, self-centered, shallow, odious, hateful, grossly unintelligent and nauseating offscourings of the darkness you call your soul. Thine lying pretence offers thee no defence! Thou art no Christian! Nay! Thou never were, neither now doth thy tongue it tell but in thine speech, thine lying lip, and in thine heart, thine horrid, hard, and in thine eye, all humanity by darkness dimmed, yet glittering bright, mad, serpentine; thine gaze, mean, log-filled, non-clementine; all who encounter thee canst most easily divine (no matter how many and how oft the houses of worship thy presence tarnish), the unvarnished truth: thou art no Christian! Nay! Not thee! Thou never were! Thou art not now. Thou art no Christian. ‘Tis not in thee!

  9. Spunky

    July 10, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Woke up to this sad news. May her soul rest in peace and May God grant her family the grace and strength to live on…

  10. Angiee

    July 10, 2016 at 7:20 am

    Why on earth are Muslims so wicked and hard hearted. All because of one stupid and evil religion, you waste precious human lives. And later, some blind beings will tell me that Islam is a peaceful religion. Peaceful religion my foot.

    Come to think of it, they actually killed her because she disturbs them with her early morning preaching but they have forget so easily that they use serious and heavy loudspeakers to disturb someone’s sweet morning sleep as they call for their so called prayers. That alone is a public disturbance.

    May her peaceful soul rest with the lord, amen!

    • The Bull

      July 10, 2016 at 9:51 am

      it is one sided tolerance, don’t you know and you are meant to submit because all other religions are inferior.

  11. Rayva

    July 10, 2016 at 8:14 am

    This ripple effect started started a long time ago……….RIP

  12. hushhush

    July 10, 2016 at 10:03 am

    If you see these people with unkept bear-bear you better run for your dear life. Yet they claim their religion is from God. The world would have been better without them, they are a curse to the world.

    • AaaFeeCee

      July 10, 2016 at 11:12 am

      Islamabad!

  13. Peace

    July 10, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Let’s learn to live in peace, let’s learn to tolerate one another, someone should have informed her if her routine was disturbing not murder her. Let’s not term this a religious attack on Christians let’s forgive and allow posterity to judge the killers. She is at peace with her maker already. I will have a job to assist the dad in training her last baby.

  14. Luther, M.

    July 10, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    @naijalikitawhatever, shut up! A martyr, a wife, a mother to seven children, a woman, a Christian, a servant of God, a true neighbour to her neighbours (for she merely sought their earthly and eternal good), someone is dead, her blood most probably still lying on the streets, still staining the streets, the voice of it like Abel’s still crying out for justice, to be avenged, to GOD from the ground; and you, you because your Creator, The ONE Who says HE causes it to rain on both the just and the unjust, blessed you with a mouth, you come here to open it and poison the atmosphere with the vacuous, valueless, worthless, self-centered, shallow, odious, hateful, grossly unintelligent and nauseating offscourings of the darkness you call your soul. Thine lying pretence offers thee no defence! Thou art no Christian! Nay! Thou never were, neither now doth thy tongue it tell but in thine speech, thine lying lip, and in thine heart, thine horrid, hard, and in thine eye, all humanity by darkness dimmed, yet glittering bright, mad, serpentine; thine gaze, mean, log-filled, non-clementine; all who encounter thee canst most easily divine (no matter how many and how oft the houses of worship thy presence tarnish), the unvarnished truth: thou art no Christian! Nay! Not thee! Thou never were! Thou art not now. Thou art no Christian. ‘Tis not in thee!

  15. Osas

    July 10, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    This is really terrible

  16. Naijatalk

    July 10, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    She has ascended to her Maker, Glory Hallelujah. Her blood be on the hands of her killers. Lord if souls will be won by your daughter’s death, your will be done,

  17. nnenne

    July 10, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    The problem is that Nigerians forget quickly.
    Religious violence and murdering of innocent citizens is not new in the North.
    History reports it from the 50s to present.
    A lot are not reported. Even mass Graves were dug in the last decade, southerners, buried quietly by the government to avoid retaliation and possible war like the Biafran war.
    As long as the people kill and get away with it, they will continue.

    May her soul rest in peace.

  18. Anonymous

    July 10, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I still say this is more of a spiritual war than physical. we are slowly but surely inching to that period where once again Christians will be slaughtered for their faith in Jesus. Brace yourselves and wake up, it’s either you are the wheat or tares. The bible clearly states Christians shall be killed for His (Jesus) name sake. Look around and stop politicizing or making this a government issue, It’s beyond them and will only get worse as predicted in the bible. it’s happening everywhere. As I write some Christians meet underground in some nations. Jesus is REAL and HE is COMING SOON. The question right now should be ARE WE READY??? To every Christian that has been slain for the sake of the gospel, sleep on, It’s not the end.

    • Xiomara

      July 10, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      I agree with you.
      Time is so short
      Jesus Christ is definitely coming again.

  19. Tolulope

    July 10, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    There is no need gambling with your life because even your Jet flying G.O would apply wisdom. Do all you can to stay alive because no religious is worth dying for honestly.
    R.I.P

    • Sister December

      July 11, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      @tolulope Go and hug transformer with your poverty mentality if his jet flying is paining you! I was just waiting for a dumb/ignorant comment like this from someone n u didn’t disappoint me! What has his jet flying have to do with her preaching??? Ololdo!

  20. realchild

    July 10, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    My God! This is heartbreaking. Why are some Muslims this evil? I blame the clerics. Yes, I do. These ignorant killers act on what they are taught by their Imams. The mosque clerics have got a big task to perform. They should preach religious tolerance and love for one another. They should preach value for human lives. This is because these fools, as is evident, even value their cows more than human life. This is unacceptable! The government needs to pass a law that will take care of these killers and the atrocities they carry out. My condolences go to the family of this innocent woman. May God grant them the strength to bear this loss.

  21. Expert

    July 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    RIP to the Mrs Elisha and may God comfort her family. I pray that the culprits are arrested and given death sentence.. Once more another Nigerian has been murdered in cold blood. There is so much blood shedding in Nigeria recently and around the world. I take it that we do not have respect for human lives anymore. People are so much indulged in material things these days to the detriment of peaceful co-existence and harmony. Additionally, murder is murder be it “accidental discharge”‘ from Olopa’s rifle, cult killings (on campus or otherwise), killing of perceived witches/wizards, killing by religious fanatics, reckless driving by Danfos and others, collapse of buildings, sales of fake drugs to the public….,. The list is endless. None of these criminals have been dealt with, hence the re-occurrence of this heinous crime. Our law enforcement agents need to be on to of their game. We need to start seeing serious investigation, arrest, trial and sentencing of the culprits to death or life imprisonment.. And Governors should be ready to sign death warrants with ease. This should make people to think twice before committing crime. Our Penal system is too soft and needs to be reinvigorated to deal ruthlessly with all these criminals. #AllLivesMatter#

  22. mimi

    July 10, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    There is nothing like one Nigeria. Every region should be on their own. Have u ever heard a Muslim was killed in d south or east? Or mosque being burnt? Look at how they slaughter Christians in the north like cow n burn churches .God will judge all of u. No sinner will go unpunished.

  23. Lonely Girl...

    July 10, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Let me start by saying.. ” May her soul, rest in Perfect peace” Now where did they say the suspects are moslems? Not like am ruling them out but we shouldnt come all out when facts haven’t been presented.

    When I read the caption what came to my mind was that ; ” All these CHOSEN people sha.” . I have an annoying duo that disturb my peace. sometimes i wish I had powers to keep them mute. our God is an orderly one.

    Please why would she go for evangelism ALONE without a companion? even the Holy Bible says they should go out in twos… Hian.

    And permit me but God even warned her by letting her hear their displeasure. In book of Mark 6: 11 it says ” And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

    Wisdom is profitable to direct. MAy her soul rest in peace but please lets apply wisdom guided with the holy spirit.

  24. John Doe

    July 10, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    At least you’re now free from this cruel life of sin. Rest well ma.

  25. NationalSquirrel

    July 10, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    There is something about the doctrines of islam that inspires violence and extremism all over the world.
    Why does islam have the most terrorists and religious bigot killers?
    Everybody can’t be wrong
    It is an evil middle eastern form of paganism.
    What about us christians who are botheerd by their arabic mumbling in the early morning?
    You think I don’t want to hear Positive Jesus news at 5am???
    Even if muslims are praying in the early morning
    Must they KILLL???
    Always killing
    Savage beasts!
    You are ALL going to hell!

  26. osaretin

    July 10, 2016 at 9:48 pm

    AHHHN this is so horrifying.

  27. Wow

    July 11, 2016 at 2:49 am

    These are criminals and they should be judged.. I am so disgusting by these stupid muslims.. though i am a muslim and i do condemn this act of violence.. Why killing someone because he or she is not following your religion? What a stupid way of thinking.. wow.. i hope the God you believe in will punish you. BASTARD…

  28. Amina

    July 11, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Heaven receives you,dear martyr. The truth of the gospel remains and cannot be silenced. The gospel is the message that God will give us pardon from our sins and eternal life with Him in heaven, if we will turn away from our sins and turn to Him, accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior and Lord. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). This simple message is for all the world.

  29. Tee

    July 11, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Oh my God not another one! so many atrocities being committed under the guise of religion. Religion is the bane of our nation. Both 2 main religions are at loggerheads, either one claiming moral higher ground over the other. This type of incidents will continue if we don’t learn to be tolerant of other people’s way of live. On paper Nigeria is a secular nation, but the reality on ground is different. Most people don’t respect the law of the land , they put their religion above everything else so we have confrontation at every opportunity which then leads to catastrophe. Religious believe is personal relationship with one’s God. it is not to be force or coerced on other people, i get a feeling going by the timing of the incident it clashed with the early morning prayer of the muslims probably the woman tried to preach to them and trouble ensued. what a sad state we are in ;so many people claiming to be whiter than snow but yet so much evil and wickedness everywhere. To me lawlessness is the main underlying factor in all of this. i hope the suspects are the real culprits, they should get their just deserts.

    RIP to the deacesd

  30. Prince

    July 11, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    Anyhow they want to sugar coat it. ISLAM is EVIL, They’re demonic and that bastard satan is domicile in them.
    Where i live at Zone D in Apo, there’s a mosque just as you enter the estate that is purely residential and no one (we Christians) is saying anything because we dont think its important even though they wake us up before 5am.
    Yet, these demonic people will rejoice killing someone that preach THE MESSIAH, THE SAVIOUR AND LIFE HIMSELF.
    This religion is the worst thing to happen to this world.

  31. Ola

    July 23, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    What a lost of life, may a soul rest in peace. World is changing, our people need to change. The Era of so-called evangelism is not part of this modern time. We need generational change in Nigeria and the rest of the continent religion, our people are obsessed with religion, this contribute to intolerance and violence that is ravage our nation and the continent. Islam and Christianity are all foreign religions, these two religions have brought a division to our people and it contributed to many conflict in our continent and in Nigeria. They are more in life then religion, religion is choice not force, but our people have habit of forcing religion on people, believing in God is different then religion, religion is man made philosophy of exploitation and domination. But God is supreme being that is manifestation can be feel in anywhere and anytime

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