The grieving eldest daughter of the murdered deaconess in Nigeria said perpetrators killed her mother “like a chicken” and just left her for dead.
“Everybody is just saying it is well, nobody can understand how I feel,” 15-year-old Jessica Olawale told Vanguard about her mother’s brutal killing. She added, “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.”
The murder took place on the early morning of Saturday, July 9 when the deaconess went out for her “Morning Cry” preaching around Gbazango and Pipeline area of Kubwa, a satellite town in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
Olawale Elisha, Eunice’s husband and also a pastor at the church, said his wife usually went out with a megaphone for her morning evangelism at 5 a.m. and returned home at 6 a.m. He said his two sons, who were out playing football then, told him at around 6:30 a.m. Saturday that they had overheard footballers talking about how hoodlums had killed a female preacher with a megaphone and even cut off her head and legs.
The bereaved family broke down when they saw the deaconess’ dead body at the back of a pickup van at Phase 4 Police Station, Kubwa where the victim’s body was taken.
Elisha maintained her wife didn’t have enemies but recalled an incident when his wife told him that some people at the mosque had “made comments about her preaching.”
Police claimed the victim’s body remained intact with no parts cut off and that they already arrested at least six people for the murder amid a continuing investigation.