Owo Church Attack: We Were Locked In The Church For Over 20 Minutes, Priest Speaks

Owo Church Attack: We Were Locked In The Church For Over 20 Minutes, Priest Speaks

by Arikawe Femi
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Owo Church Attack:
We Were Locked In The Church For Over 20 Minutes, Priest Speaks

The Reverend Father Andrew Abayomi, one of the priests at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo, Ondo State, has narrated how the church was attacked.


It was earlier reported how worshippers were killed when terrorists attacked the church on Sunday morning.


In an interview with BBC Yoruba, the cleric said suspected terrorists struck as the day’s service was about to end.


“We were about to round off service. I had even asked people to start leaving; that was how we started hearing gunshots from different angles.


“We hid inside the church, but some people had left when the attack happened.” We locked ourselves in the church for 20 minutes. When we heard that they had left, we opened the church and rushed the victims to the hospital.


Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has reacted to the incident, which happened in his hometown.


He described the attack as “vile and satanic”, saying it was a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of the Owo Kingdom who have enjoyed relative peace over the years.


“It is a black Sunday in Owo.” Our hearts are heavy. Our peace and tranquillity have been attacked by the enemies of the people. This is a personal loss, an attack on our dear state. I have spoken to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo, Most Reverend Jude Arogundade, who is presently on his way to Owo. Similarly, I have had to cut short my party’s national assignment in Abuja and visit Owo immediately.


“This is an unexpected development.” I am shocked, to say the least. Nevertheless, We shall commit every available resource to hunt down these assailants and make them pay. We shall never bow to the machinations of heartless elements in our resolve to rid our state of criminals. “


I commiserate with my people in Owo, particularly the families of those who lost their lives to this ugly and unfortunate attack. I extend my condolences to Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye, and the Catholic Church.


“I urge our people to remain calm and vigilant. Do not take the law into your own hands. I have spoken to the heads of the security agencies. I have equally been assured that security operatives would be deployed to monitor and restore normalcy to the Owo kingdom. ” Akeredolu said.

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