- Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has reacted to the attack at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, on Sunday, June 5, by gunmen that led to the death of 50 worshippers
- The Ondo number one man also visited the survivors of the attack at the hospital and also commiserated with families of those who lost their loved ones
- While condemning the attack, Akeredolu who said he had to cut short his national assignment in Abuja, vowed to deal with the perpetrators
On Monday, June 6, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state visited the scene of an attack in the Owo area of the state as well as survivors of the incident which took several lives and injured others, Channels TV reports.
Akeredolu, who cut short his trip to Abuja for the All Progressives Congress (APC) national convention, visited the St Francis Catholic Church in Owo where the incident took place on Sunday, June 5.
The governor had vowed to go after the assailants and described the attack as a black Sunday.
The Ondo shared photos of the visit and wrote on his Twitter handle:
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“The attack was the most dastardly act that could happen in any society. What happened today is tragic. No better way to qualify it. It is the most tragic event! Horrific!
“What we have seen in America is a child’s play to what has happened here. That it happened in a church, to say the least, is most condemnable. I feel terribly sad.”
Akeredolu commiserates with families who lost their loved ones and call for calm
While sending condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the great massacre, he called for calm and assured them that security agencies are in charge.
The chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum, pleaded:
“I appeal to our people to maintain calm and let the security agencies take charge. They are taking this seriously.
“Please, don’t take laws into your hands. The perpetrators will never escape. We are after them. And I can assure you we will get them!”
We were locked in the church for over 20 mins, Priest speaks on Ondo attack
Legit.ng has earlier reported that the terrorists that attacked St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo, Ondo state struck when the church was about to end its service.
According to Reverend Father Andrew Abayomi, one of the priests in the church, the incident lasted about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, Ondo state Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has lamented the deadly attack, vowing not to rest until the criminals are apprehended.
Catholic church attack, declaration of war against Yoruba, Akintoye declares
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The leader of the Yoruba self-determination movement Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Prof. Banji Akintoye had reacted to the terrorists attack in Ondo state.
He described the Sunday, June 5, attack on Christian worshipers at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, by terrorists suspected to be Fulani herdsmen as a declaration of war against the Yoruba people.
Prof. Banji Akintoye made this known in a statement by the communications secretary Maxwell Adeleye.