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Black Sunday in Ondo State as terrorists kill many in Catholic Church


It was a black sunday in St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo, Ondo State. The church which is located in the heart of Owo local government area just about 200 meters away from the Oba’s palace was attacked during the morning service shortly after the benediction. Owo is also the hometown of the Governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu.

Rev Father Andrew Abayomi one of the resident priests at the church revealed that the attack which was targeted at worshippers and the peaceful people of Owo started when some people were already stepping out of the church.

Gunshots were suddenly heard from different angles in the church causing members to find a safe position which didn’t eventually work for everyone. He said the church was locked for 20 minutes and victims were rushed to the hospital after the gun fires seized.

According to the account of a visitor to the church for that service who pleaded to remain anonymous; The gunshots which started sounding from afar suddenly got closer until heavily armed Fulani gunmen were spotted inside the church premises. The witness who also lived a few minutes walk away from the church came for special prayers. He saw the person by his side shot dead and was able to escape while the terrorist who shot the person was trying to reload his gun. He also sustained severe injuries while trying to escape but eventually fled the scene of the attack.
Some of the indigenes revealed that some Amotekun corps went after them and were able to kill one of the assailants but others escaped.

Governor Akeredolu has said it is not just an attack on the people of Owo but an attack on his person and that the assailants that carried out the attack will pay dearly for it.  President Buhari also released a statement yesterday condemning the attack in strong terms.

This is happening a few days after circulation of various warnings and voice note cautions on WhatsApp and other platforms that there is a plan in place to attack the Southern states. We hope this will be the last of its kind as the volatility around the political atmosphere in the country at this time needs nothing but assurance of peace and tranquility.


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