Nigeria: Woman Fatally Stabbed During Church Crusade
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
In a tragic incident in the Abaranje area of Ikotun, a 47-year-old woman named Rachel Johnson lost her life after being stabbed while attempting to break up a fight among church members. The devastating event occurred around 3 a.m. on Saturday, as recounted by Rachel’s husband, Okerube Johnson, who reported the incident to the Ikotun Police Station.
According to the senior police officer handling the case, Mr. Johnson explained that his wife had attended a crusade, where a dispute erupted among some church members. Rachel, being a peacemaker, intervened in an effort to quell the conflict. Unfortunately, during her attempt to separate the fighters, she was stabbed in the neck with a sharp object.
The police officer detailed Mr. Johnson’s report, stating, “While she was separating the fighters, one of them stabbed her in the neck with a sharp object. And she started bleeding.” In an urgent response, Rachel was rushed to Igando General Hospital, but despite the best efforts of medical personnel, she succumbed to her injuries and bled to death.
In the aftermath of this tragic event, Rachel Johnson’s body has been placed in the Mainland General Hospital Mortuary, Yaba, awaiting an autopsy to ascertain the precise cause of her demise.
The suspect behind this heinous act remains at large, adding another layer of complexity to the already distressing situation. The Lagos State Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, acknowledged the ongoing efforts to apprehend the perpetrator. He stated, “The suspect is still on the run. We are yet to make any arrest at the moment, but efforts are being made to arrest the fleeing perpetrator.”
This heart-wrenching incident underscores the unpredictable nature of events and the need for swift justice to be served. As the community mourns the loss of Rachel Johnson, the pursuit of justice continues, with law enforcement striving to bring the perpetrator to account for this senseless act of violence.