Military Arrests Owo Catholic Church Attackers - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Military Arrests Owo Catholic Church Attackers

••• Gov Akeredolu Confirms Arrest, Warns Ebira People In Ondo Against Taking To Kidnapping

The Daily Crucible | Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The Defence Headquarters says it has arrested the terrorists that carried savage attack on the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State in June this year.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, disclosed this during a parley with media executives at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

General Irabor said the criminals were arrested in collaboration with other security agencies.

Terrorists had on June 5 stormed the Catholic Church during a Sunday Mass and opened fire on the worshippers, killing  over 30 persons and injuring tens of others

Unofficial source alleged that a 32-year old Idris Ojo and 39-year old Jimoh Ibrahim were involved in heinous act.

Also, four other accomplices were arrested in Eja, Okehi local government area of Kogi state, in connection with the said June 5 attack on the  Owo Catholic church and another attack on a Police Station in Ada which claimed a policeman's life.

The four others are Omeiza, Momoh Ojowu Abu, Auwal Onimisi, Aliyu Yusuf and Idris Abdul Malik.

Akeredolu Confirms Arrest, Warns Ebiras In Ondo Against Venturing Into Kidnapping 

Similarly, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, also confirmed the arrest of the attackers and warned Ebira people in Ondo against venturing into kidnapping.

Akeredolu  confirmed the arrest shortly after the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor made the announcement in Abuja. 

The governor further disclosed that the owner of the house where the attackers stayed before the June 5 attack in Owo has also been arrested 

He noted that government did not spare a moment in trailing the terrorists since the horrendous attacks on innocent worshipers at the St Francis Catholic Church, Owaluwa, Owo. 

Arakunrin Akeredolu 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. 

He said:”Now that the military has announced it, I can tell you that five of them have been arrested now. They are still on the trail of the rest. The home where they lodged in Owo and the person that accommodated them before the attack, has also been arrested. 

“We did not spare a moment. I am happy that the Chief of Defence Staff has announced it. We have known for a while but we needed not to come out with it because more works are still ongoing. I can confirm that this arrest has been made. And they are still on the trail of some of them.” 

Governor Akeredolu has also called on leaders of the Ebira community in the state to warn their young ones not to copy the bad venture of kidnapping.

The Governor 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 Ebiras have lived together with the people of the state peacefully for several decades, adding that they have always been supportive and hardworking. 

“I want to use this medium to urge our brothers to concentrate on their farming trade. It will be unfortunate to know that the Ebiras in our midst are now involved in kidnapping. 

“We are appealing to them not to copy bad thing. The traders selling by the road side should not become informants. We are not fighting them. 

“We have seen their numbers, they supported and voted for us during elections. I will call their leaders and talk to them. Our brothers who were  kidnapped on their way to Ikare, talk to them. They were taken to Ebira farmsteads. 

“For me, we have lived together for too long for this to happen. I am ready to make any effort to ensure that the conviviality that we have enjoyed continues. But we are begging their leaders to urge them not to copy bad thing. They are in our midst , we are surrounded by them. The issue of security is key and it’s dynamic.” Governor Akeredolu noted. 

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. 

On the issue of Security, Governor Akeredolu disclosed that aside 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 for the management of OSRC and Owena Press PLC, adding that the upgrade of facilities in the two state-owned media outfits is commendable. 

He equally appreciated the Governor for the approval of the Weigh-in allowance for journalists and information officers working in the State and Local government service, according to Richard Olatunde, 
Chief Press Secretary to the governor.

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