The elder brother to Mrs. Eunice Olawale, the preacher who was murdered in Kubwa, Abuja on Saturday, Prophet Ayodele Olusesan, says that the evangelist planned to buy a car and complete the construction of a building for their father before her death.
Eunice was also said to have promised to refund the hospital bills of her ailing father, Elder Ayodele Akun, 72, who had yet to be informed of the demise of his daughter.
Olusesan told Punch correspondent on Monday that the family was waiting for the old man’s health to improve before breaking the sad news to him, adding that his mother took ill and had to be hospitalised at the General Hospital, Ilawe-Ekiti, when she heard that her daughter had passed on.
Olusesan, a cleric with the Christ Apostolic Church, Power of Resurrection, Ikorodu, Lagos, described Eunice as the breadwinner of the family, who she said had plans for him and other family members.
The cleric, who spoke at the residence of the deceased in Kubwa, stated that he chatted with her over the telephone on Friday night, adding that he was shocked to hear that Eunice had died on Saturday morning.
He said, “There is no day I don’t talk with her on the phone; I still spoke with her around 7pm on Friday and she promised to refund any amount spent on our father who is ill and is in hospital.
“Eunice had also promised to complete the house my father was building and she also said she would buy him a car; she was a very industrious woman; she studied Quantity Surveying, and she was into property business, so she was doing well financially.”
Asked if he had a premonition of his sibling’s death, Olusesan explained that he had a dream in which a woman’s head was severed, but according to him, he never thought such a tragedy would befall his family.
He said, “Last month, I had a terrible dream in which I saw some assailants cutting off the head of a woman. In the dream, I picked up the head and chased after the men and I woke up. The dream was so vivid. I prayed and God directed me to fast for five days which I did.
“Though I was very close to my sister, I didn’t share the dream with her, because I never thought it had to do with her, but I shared it with my church members and we prayed against such a tragedy. We still prayed about it during our church vigil last Friday.”
Olusesan expressed regrets over the manner in which his sister was killed, adding that she was stabbed in the neck, chest and legs.
He said, “The painful aspect of the incident is that she was killed in the open, in a city like Abuja that has policemen on patrol everywhere. I heard that some policemen were saying maybe she was killed over a business dispute, but I want to say that my sister did not engage in any business deals with anyone because she shared everything about her business with me, she had no secrets.”
A family friend to the deceased, Pastor Alabi Lawrence, said that the family was waiting for the autopsy to be conducted on Eunice remains before the family would arrange for the funeral which he said might hold next week.
He described as sad and unfortunate the failure of the people around the crime scene to come to the aid of the deceased when she was under attack.
“It is pathetic that the people around the crime scene did not respond to her cry for help when she was being attacked; it is a pity, Nigerians are no longer their brother’s keeper,” Lawrence, a lawyer said.