They Never Missed a Mass: Lady Who Lost Both Parents in Owo Church Attack Speaks Out

They Never Missed a Mass: Lady Who Lost Both Parents in Owo Church Attack Speaks Out

  • Laide Ajanaku, a young lady who lost both parents in the attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, has cried out in bitterness
  • The lady lamented her loss, saying her parents were always together and never missed a Sunday mass till the fateful day
  • After the attack, many families have been left reeling seriously in pain due to the injuries or loss of loved ones

A Nigerian lady identified as Laide Ajanaku who lost both parents to the attack on a church in Owo, Ondo state has opened up.

Laide's parents, John Adesina Ajanaku and Olabimpe Susanah Ajanaku were members of the church that came under attack.

Laide Ajanaku and her both parents who died in the Owo attack.
Laide Ajanaku lost her both parents in the Owo attack. Photo credit: Laide Ajanaku/CNN.
Source: UGC

They never missed a mass

According to Laide, her parents never missed any Sunday mass as it was in their tradition to always go to church.

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She told CNN:

"They never missed Mass. My dad was a knight and the chairman of the Catholic Men Organization. He was very religious and doctrinal. There was no doubt in my mind that they had witnessed the attack at the very least, but I didn't know that they would be so affected."

They were always together

Laide said her parents were always together, and she was not surprised also that they died together. She also narrated how she learned of their death:

"Somebody had my dad's phone. I still don't know who that person was. The person picked up and said my dad had been injured and had been taken to the hospital, but he didn't know anything about my mum's whereabouts. He later said my dad didn't make it. We eventually got through to a priest friend who confirmed that my mum had died as well."

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The attack on the church which killed many people has been condemned by leaders, including Pope Francis.

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He made the statement during a program on Channels Television monitored by

After the incident, the current governor of Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu rushed down to Owo from Abuja where he was preparing for the upcoming APC presidential primaries.


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