The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a resolution mandating the Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to ensure a thorough investigation of the killing of a preacher, Mrs. Eunice Elisha Olawale.
Mrs. Olawale was murdered early hours of Saturday while carrying out her routine morning preaching around Gbazango-West area of Kubwa in the Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Kubwa zone of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) in separate statements, condemned the killing of the female preacher, who was said to be the wife of an Assistant Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, Elisha Olawale and called on the relevant authorities to fish out those responsible for the mother of seven’s murder.
While the FCT Police Command said on Sunday that six suspects were arrested in the murder, the House of Representatives urged Mr. Idris to ensure that perpetrators of the heinous crime are not allowed to go scot-free.
The resolution of the House followed a motion of urgent national importance by a member, Hon. Babatunde Gabriel Kolawole (APC Ondo).
Moving the motion with the title: “Gruesome murder of Mrs. Eunice Olawale in Kubwa, Abuja and the need to protect other citizens in the FCT”, the lawmaker said the woman was hacked to death in the early hours of Saturday, while preaching the gospel a few meters from her house in Kubwa, by unidentified miscreants.
“The late Mrs. Eunice Olawale is from Ilawe (Ekiti State) while her husband, Pastor Elisha Olawale is from Ikare-Akoko in Ondo state, and that she was allegedly murdered by miscreants who were said to be annoyed by her early morning preaching in the area”.
Rep. Kolawole, who pointed out that the incident had caused ethnic tension to build in the nation’s capital because some people are claiming she was murdered by extremists while others attributed the killing to miscreants, called on the House “to be proactive to prevent the breakdown of law and order and further loss of lives”.
When Speaker Yakubu Dogara called for a vote on the motion, it was overwhelmingly supported by members.
The lawmakers thereafter observed a minute-silence for the late Mrs. Olawale.