Owo Church Massacre: Governor Akeredolu confirms arrest of perpetrators

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has confirmed the arrest of the terrorists who carried out the horrendous massacre of worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo on June 5, in which about 40 people were killed and several others injured.

The governor spoke during a courtesy visit to his office by the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), led by the Chairman of the Council, Prince Leke Adegbite. Akeredolu said the owner of the house where the attackers stayed before carrying out the attack has also been arrested.

Recall that the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, had earlier announced the arrest of the attackers.

The Ondo governor, who corroborated the army chief’s announcement, noted that the arrests were made a while ago, but that the authorities needed to confirm. According to him, the Government did not spare a moment in trailing the terrorists since the horrendous attacks on innocent worshipers at the Catholic Church.

Governor Akeredolu also called on leaders of the Ebira community in the State to warn their young ones not to emulate the bad venture of kidnapping. He said recent reports from victims of kidnap in the State have established that some Ebira indigenes are now involved in the unwholesome act. He noted that the Ebira people have lived together with the people of the State peacefully for several decades, adding that they have always been supportive and hardworking.

On the issue of security, the Governor disclosed that aside from the recent recruitment and training of new Amotekun personnel, 20 hunters and local vigilantes will be trained by the Amotekun corps in each of the eighteen local government areas in the State.

Earlier, the Chairman of the NUJ, Ondo State Council thanked the Governor for his support. The governor, who thanked the NUJ in the State for the cooperation extended to his administration, assured them of sustained efforts at developing the State.

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