By Sam Eyoboka, Kingsley Omonobi, Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Imanuel Jannah
ABUJA—THE House of Representatives, yesterday, directed the acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to carry out thorough investigation on the gruesome murder of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, preacher, Deaconess Eunice Olawale, who was killed in the early hours of last Saturday during morning cry evangelism in Kubwa, Abuja.
The lawmakers also urged the IG to ensure that all perpetrators of the crime were brought to book.
The resolution of the House was sequel to a motion of urgent national importance sponsored by Babatunde Kolawole, APC Ondo.
The House, in the resolution at the plenary, called for deployment of more police in the area, where the crime was committed, to prevent such occurrences in the future.
The House further urged the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, administration to demolish all shanties across the nation’s capital, where miscreants were said to be hiding and from where they attack citizens.
Kolawole, in the motion entitled Gruesome murder of Mrs. Eunice Olawale in Kubwa, Abuja and need to protect other citizens in the FCT, said the 42-year-old woman and wife of RCCG Pastor, Olawale Elisha, was hacked to death in the early hours of Saturday, July 9, while preaching the gospel a few metres away from her house in Kubwa by unidentified miscreants.
He said: “Late Mrs. Eunice Olawale is from Ilawe, Ekiti State, while her husband, Pastor Olawale, is from Ikare-Akoko in Ondo State. She was allegedly murdered by miscreants who were said to be annoyed by her early morning preaching in the area.
“This incident has caused ethnic tension in the Federal Capital Territory because some are claiming she was killed by extremists, while others say they are miscreants, and there is therefore the need for the House to be proactive to prevent the breakdown of law and order and further loss of lives.”
The motion was overwhelmingly supported through voice vote called by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, who presided over the plenary and one minute silence was observed in honour of the deceased.
Late Deaconess Eunice Elisha ,who celebrated her 15 years of marriage on July 1 and also preparing to celebrate her 42nd birthday on July 24, was hacked to death at a junction close to the Kubwa New Market, Gbazango.
Vanguard gathered that miscreants had been on rampage in Kubwa, especially at Omega Paint Road and entire Arab Road and the miscreants erect shanties in most of the streets and also live in uncompleted buildings as they cannot afford the high cost of rent in the area.
Meanwhile, the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, has expressed shock and sorrow over the murder of Deaconess Olawale.
A statement by the head of the church’s Media and Public Relations Department, Pastor Segun Adegbiji, said: “We are indeed in a sad mood in RCCG. As sweet as heaven is, death of our youths is not what we wish for. We shall not cease to pray that God will end bloodshed in Nigeria and all over the world.
“We sympathise with the widower, our pastor, Elisha Olawale and their seven children. Our Mother-in-Israel, Pastor Folu Adeboye and Pastor Emmanuel Ibitayo of Region10, Abuja, paid a condolence visit to the family on Sunday.”
Cardinal Okogie cautions Christians
Also yesterday, the former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, empathised with the family of the female evangelist, saying it was a pity the lady lost her life evangelising for Christ.
While calling on the Federal Government to provide adequate security for every Nigerian citizen irrespective of creed and ethnicity, Okogie used the occasion to caution all Christians to always apply wisdom whenever they have reasons to preach the gospel in hostile environments.
According to him, he will be very slow to assume that the killing was an extension of an agenda to Islamise the nation, arguing that one has to use his common sense in the quest to win souls for the kingdom of God, and that the woman had the free will to use wisdom when she saw the young lads coming her way.
Okogie was, however, quick to urge Christians to refrain from any act of vengeance, saying, “God says vengeance belongs to Him and no man should assist God to fight His battle.”
He added that the current agitations against a purported plot to Islamise the nation will amount to nothing.
Police free 4 suspects, remand 2
Meanwhile, police said yesterday that four of the suspects arrested have been released to go for lack of evidence of involvement in the murder act.
According to a senior police officer, “though two of the suspects are still being detained for further investigations, the investigation team, led by the Deputy Commissioner in Charge Criminal Investigations, has so far hit a dead wall in the investigations.
“We found out that the suspects in our custody knew nothing of the dastardly act. The other two in our custody are still with us because they were in the vicinity when it happened, though they claimed ignorance. But we are still investigating more.
“For now, I can only tell you that we are not relenting in the investigation, but it will be a hard nut to crack.”
When contacted, Commissioner of Police, FCT, CP Alkali Baba Usman, confirmed the release of the four suspects, noting that investigation is still ongoing.