Some suspected terrorists have attacked a catholic church in Owo, Ondo State, with a yet-to-be-ascertained number of people killed while scores were injured.
The bloodbath was said to have occurred at St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State early morning on Sunday. The video of the incident has since circulated online but it is too gory for us to share. Scores of dead bodies could be seen lying in their own blood after being gunned down inside the church by the suspected terrorists.
The spokesperson of the Ondo state police command, Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, could not be reached at the time of filing this report. Men of the Nigerian Army have however visited the scene to take control of the environment and were pictured evacuating the scores of dead bodies from the church. The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has expressed sadness over what he described as an unprovoked attack and killing of innocent people of Owo
In his statement, he said the vile and satanic attack is a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of Owo Kingdom who have enjoyed relative peace over the years. “It is a black Sunday in Owo. Our hearts are heavy. Our peace and tranquility have been attacked by the enemies of the people. This is a personal loss, an attack on our dear state.
“I have spoken to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo, Most Reverend Jude Arogundade, who is presently on his way to Owo. Similarly, I have had to cut short my party’s national assignment in Abuja and visit Owo immediately. “This is an unexpected development. I am shocked to say the least. Nevertheless, We shall commit every available resource to hunt down these assailants and make them pay. We shall never bow to the machinations of heartless elements in our resolves to rid our state of criminals.
“I commiserate with my people in Owo, particularly families of the those who lost their lives to this ugly and unfortunate attack. I extend my condolences to Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye as well as the Catholic Church,” Akeredolu stated.