Owo Terror Attack Victims Buried Amid Tears - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, June 17, 2022

Owo Terror Attack Victims Buried Amid Tears

•••We Failed To Protect Victims, Says Tearful  Akeredolu

•••You Didn’t Fail, Your Determination To Protect Your People Is Unquestionable -Bishop Arogundade 

| The Daily Crucible | Friday, June 17, 2022

A mid tears and pains, victims of the terror attack on the St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, were buried on Friday after a funeral mass.

No fewer than 21 caskets encasing their remains were brought to the church for the funeral service where governor Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, wept profusely over the tragic death and loss of the worshippers.

Grieving Owo indigenes, residents and Catholic faithful could not hold back tears. Many sobbed. Governor Akeredolu and his wife, Betty were also seen labouring to fight back tears.

The Daily Crucible reports that gunmen suspected to be bandits attack St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, headquarters of Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, on June 5, killing worshippers and passersby.

 •Akeredolu, wife

Owo is the hometown of Governor Akeredolu.

The assailants opened fire on the worshippers.

Witnesses had said that the gunmen stormed the church during service and started shooting sporadically.

Explosives were also detonated by the attackers inside premises of the church.

The explosion triggered a stampede and chaos in the church with fear - stricken worshippers struggling for possible escape routes while the scoundrels sprayed them sporadically with bullets.

A video in circulation also depicted the horrifying attack with many - women and children lying in a pool of blood. 

In his speech during the funeral, Governor Akeredolu said the government failed to protect the victims of the terror attack. 

But in a swift response, the Bishop of Ondo Catholic Diocese, Dr. Jude Arogundade declared that Governor Akeredolu has not failed in protecting his people. 

Bishop Arogundade said:”You didn’t fail. You are a strong soldier. Your determination to protect those who voted you into power is unquestionable. This was done by cowards. You have tried your best.”

Governor Akeredolu stressed that the forces on the other side are evil, assuring that they will not triumph forever.

“We have failed to defend these people. Not because we have not tried. But because these forces on the other side are evil and they have supports. They will not triumph over us forever.” He said. 

The Governor noted that something must be done in the country, adding that the Security architecture of the nation needs rejigging.

“When I see the sea of heads that are here it speaks volumes. What has happened to us in Owo in Ondo state is indescribable. A lot of words are used to qualify it. Dastardly, horrendous. But I still believe there are words to use to describe it but I still short of those words. 

“We have just 22 (deceased) in this hall. A few of them have been buried. Because the relatives couldn’t wait till today. But as at the last count, these animals came to the church and murdered 40 people.” Governor Akeredolu said. 

Bishop Arogundade wondered why the people of the country need to beg for state police, despite the endless attack and killings. 

He thanked the Governor for accepting to designate a memorial park in honour of the victims, stressing that those who created the situation that made the incident happened has bloods on their hands.

Meanwhile, the expansive hall of the Mydas Resort and Hotel was filled to the brim as families of the victims, people of Owo, and other sympathizers thronged the venue of the funeral mass. 

Members of the State House of Assembly, led by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. David Bamidele Oleyelogun also attended the service.

Also, Members of the state executive council, led by the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu, were present at the  funeral mass. 

Other dignitaries at the funeral mass included: Former Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko; Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Engr. Ade Adetimehin; and Chieftain of the APC , Chief Olusola Oke,SAN, 

The local government chairmen were also led by the chairman, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALCON) Ondo State chapter, Hon. Augustine Oloruntogbe, according to Richard Olatunde, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State in a release on Friday.

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