Christian woman's throat slit while preaching in Nigeria, police report

A Christian woman died after unknown attackers slit her throat while she was preaching the gospel in Nigeria early in the morning, according to local police.

On Saturday, 41-year-old Deaconess Eunice Olawale of the Redeemed Christian Church of Nigeria was found dead with her throat slit in Abuja. Her head was resting on her Bible she was using when she preached before 6 a.m. that morning, Christian Today details.

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In an interview with local media, Olawale's daughter said her mother did nothing wrong. She was just using her Bible and megaphone to preach the gospel.

"Nobody can understand how I feel ... She is innocent; she didn't do anybody any harm. She uses just her megaphone and Bible, just preaching," the daughter told local press. "They just killed her like a chicken and left her there."

Olawale Elisha, the woman's husband, told reporters that her wife always went out early in the morning to do her "Morning Cry." Elisha, who is a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church, recalled one time that he told her that the people at the nearby mosque were commenting on her preaching. He said he told her to be careful at that time.

On that fateful day, Olawale went out at 5 a.m. while her husband was still asleep. Two of their sons also went out to play football and came back to tell him that they overheard some players talking about a dead woman. They said some "hoodlums" murdered a woman who was preaching that morning. When Elisha hurried to the scene, his wife was already dead.

A police investigation has been launched. Six individuals have also been arrested in connection with the case.

Earlier this year, Nigerian bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah visited the United States to raise awareness regarding the persecution of Christians in his homeland. He was invited by the Aid to the Church in Need to travel to Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. to share details about the said topic, the National Catholic Reporter details.

Kukah shared that Muslims in Nigeria believe that Islam is superior, and Christians have little or no access to government services. He said some Christian churches are being set on fire and the authorities do nothing to help the persecuted believers.

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