Po­lice ar­rest 6 over killing of evan­ge­list

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Taiwo Adeniyi & Ron­ald Mu­tum

Po­lice in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) have ar­rested six per­sons over the mur­der of a fe­male evan­ge­list at the Gbazan­goWest area of Kubwa, Abuja.

Dea­coness Eu­nice Mo­jisola Elisha was found dead with knife wounds around 7am on Satur­day at the Bazango pipe­line area of Kubwa.

The mother of seven who was a dea­coness at the Divine Touch Parish of the Re­deemed Chris­tian Church of God, Old NEPA Road, Phase 4, Kubwa, was said to be on an early morn­ing street evan­ge­lism with a mega­phone when she was at­tacked at an iso­lated area close to a refuse dump.

The wid­ower, Pas­tor Olawale Elisha, said the woman left home at about 5a.m on Satur­day to preach with a mega­phone.

Mr. Olawale said he was still in bed when two of his chil­dren who went to play football later that morn­ing re­turned to tell him that a fe­male preacher had been killed in the Bazango area.

He said he be­came rest­less and went to the scene with his chil­dren but did not see any­body but blood on the ground.

“A po­lice­man later told us that the corpse was taken to the Phase 4 Po­lice Sta­tion. When we got there, I saw the body of my wife at the back of the po­lice van,” he said.

He de­scribed his late wife as a peace lov­ing woman, adding that she some­times re­ported to him that some peo­ple around the area com­mented about her preach­ing dur­ing one of her morn­ing evan­ge­lism.

“I see her as a mar­tyr and she died for Christ,” he said, adding that the po­lice told him that some sus­pects were al­ready in their cus­tody.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, FCT po­lice com­mand spokesman, ASP An­juguri Man­zah, said the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Al­kali Us­man, had or­dered the Deputy Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and In­tel­li­gence Depart­ment (CIID) to lead an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der.

Man­zah pointed out that six sus­pects ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent were in po­lice cus­tody un­der­go­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion, adding that the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion would be made pub­lic.

He con­veyed the com­mis­sioner’s con­do­lences to her fam­ily and as­sured them and other res­i­dents of the area, of the com­mit­ment and de­ter­mi­na­tion of the com­mand to get the killers and bring them to jus­tice.

Man­zah also urged res­i­dents of Kubwa to re­main calm and co­op­er­ate with the po­lice on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

He said: “The fol­low­ing num­bers; 08032003913, 08061581938, 07057337653 and 08028940883 could be used to give in­for­ma­tion to the po­lice in re­spect of this mat­ter or to re­port any com­plaint or dis­tress.

Con­trary to re­ports from some sec­tions of the me­dia that the de­ceased’s head and leg were 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 have taken cus­tody of her re­mains for preser­va­tion and ex­am­i­na­tion,” he said.

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