Ondo state - The Ondo State Security Network Agency codenamed Amotekun Corps said it has arrested some persons involved in the attack of St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Owo local government area.
It said it also recovered some weapons and a vehicle used to perpetrate the terror act, The Nation reported.
About 40 persons were killed in the attack with 70 others injured in the attack carried out on June 5 at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo.
Owo attack: All the attackers will be apprehended, says Amotekun commander
The Punch also reported that the state commander of Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye, on Thursday, June 23, said some suspects had been arrested in connection with the killing.
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He stated this while parading some 71 men who were arrested for various criminal activities across the state.
Adeleye, however, did not give the actual figure of the suspected terrorists arrested but expressed assurance that all the attackers of the worship center would be apprehended.
“As regards the Owo incident, we have recovered the last vehicle they used for that operation and we made some arrests and we have also recovered some vital things which we are working on.
“A number of people have been arrested concerning the Owo issue as well as well number of equipment. On that day, we pursued them to the point that we recovered the vehicle and we are still pursuing them We have told you that until we get to the root, I can assure you that the perpetrators and their sponsors will be brought to book.”
On the 71 suspected criminals paraded at the headquarters of the command in Akure, the state capital, Adeleye explained that the suspects were arrested within the last one month for various offenses ranging from armed robbery, cattle rustling, kidnapping, raping, fraud and human trafficking.
“The 71 suspects were picked while committing offenses and others were tracked to their hideouts in the forests. We have been able to get a cartel that specialises in stealing and dismantling motorbikes which we all know as okada. Also, we were able to recover over 50 bikes during the operation from these criminals.
“We also got reports from some herdsmen that their cattle were stolen. We went after them and brought the cows back to the Fulani herdsmen that owned the cow. We have a group of small boys who are under 18-year old that turned themselves into a cartel of criminals in a particular local government in Ondo State and armed themselves. They actually belong to a cult group called ‘Agbado’. We were able to arrest 12 out of the 17 members.
“We have about three to four suspected kidnappers and we intend to take most of these suspects, especially the ones we have concluded their investigations to the DPP and for their onward prosecution in court.”
The Amotekun chief assured the people of the state that the corps would not rest on its oars until it rids the state of criminal elements, saying, “there is no hiding place for them. They turned the heat on us and we have also turned the heat on them.”
Monarch, CAN speak on alleged arrest of Owo Church attackers by Amotekun
Meanwhile, traditional leaders in Owo, Ondo state, have said that they are not aware that the Amotekun Corps made some arrests.
The Olowo of Owo Kingdom, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye said he cannot confirm if anybody was truly arrested in connection with the attack that took place at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Sunday, June 5.
Ogunoye added that he is yet to receive any form of security briefing from the Amotekun team that allegedly carried out the operation.