Owo Attack: Prominent Lawyer Calls For Immediate Prosecution Of Suspects

Owo Attack: Prominent Lawyer Calls For Immediate Prosecution Of Suspects

  • The federal government has been urged not to delay time in prosecuting the suspects of the Owo attack
  • Some terrorists who attacked St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo state were arrested by the Nigerian military
  • This was confirmed in Abuja on Tuesday, August 8, by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Lucky Irabor

FCT, Abuja - Pelumi Olajengbesi, an Abuja-based human rights lawyer, has called for the immediate prosecution of the five suspects arrested in connection with the June 5 attack on a Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo state.

Legit.ng reports that Olajengbesi in a statement issued on Wednesday, August 10, said beyond naming the suspects, their swift prosecution and conviction would go a long way to forestall deterrence.

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The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lucky Irabor says some suspects have been arrested in connection with the Owo attack.
Source: UGC

He said the federal government must send a strong signal to the terrorist camps in the country by ensuring justice is quickly served.

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The lawyer also warned against dilly-dallying and foot-dragging on the matter as seen in past cases including 400 Bureau de change operators and Boko Haram financiers arrested by the government since 2021, saying that none of them has been prosecuted till date.

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It would be recalled that armed men had on Sunday, June 5, 2022, stormed St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, killing no fewer than 40 worshipers and injuring others.

The federal government had said the Islamic States of West African Province (ISWAP) was responsible for the attack.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, on Tuesday, August 9, announced that the masterminds of the attack had been arrested by security agents.

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Speaking on the development, Olajengbesi in the statement, said:

“Whilst one must commend the security agencies for the arrest of the dastard carnage at Owo in June, it is important to stress the need for the swift prosecution and subsequent conviction of the suspects.
“Having established that the actions of the suspects were in gross violation of the Terrorism (Prevention) Amendment Act 2013, the Federal Government should not hesitate to arraign the suspects for their trial to begin in earnest.
“Nigerians are keen about this matter and won’t accept any political interference and delay tactics like is currently happening to 400 BDC operators arrested for terrorism financing since 2021 but who are yet to be arraigned by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN)."

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He further stated that the Nigerian government should learn from the United Arab Emirates which swiftly tried and jailed six Nigerians over allegations of terrorism financing.

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Olajengbesi further stated:

“In the case of Owo, Nigerians won’t take cover-ups. Justice must be dispensed quickly lest the government give the accomplices of the suspects time to plot their escape from prison as seen in the attack on Kuje prison on July 5, 2022, where at least 69 Boko Haram suspects were confirmed to have escaped when ISWAP fighters attacked the prison.
“In fact, for security reasons, the Owo suspects should be kept in DSS custody as prisons are now susceptible to attacks, not with a country that has recorded about 20 jailbreaks since the All Progressives Congress government took over office.”

Great victory at last as Military arrests Owo Church attackers, names top mastermind

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that terrorists launched a deadly attack on the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo, and killing scores have been arrested.

It was reported that the Defence Headquarters in a meeting with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, August 8, confirmed the arrest.

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Lucky Irabor, making the revelation, said the arrest was the result of an effective collaboration of the Nigerian military and other sister security agencies.

Source: Legit.ng

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