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Ondo Amotekun arrests suspected attackers of Owo worshippers

By Temitope Adedeji,Akure

THE Operatives of Amotekun Corps in Ondo State have arrested some suspects in connection with the killing of worshippers at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo.

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The state commander of Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye, who disclosed this while parading 71 suspected criminals at the command’s headquarters, said his men are still on the trail of the perpetrators.

He however did not give the actual figure of the suspects arrested but gave the assurance that the attackers of the worship center would be apprehended.

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Mr. Adeleye added that the last vehicle used by the killers used before they moved into the bush has been recovered.

He noted that the investigation is ongoing and that the perpetrators of the terror attack in Owo will not go unpunished.

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No fewer than 40 worshippers, including four children, were killed on the church premises after a Sunday service by the rampaging gunmen.

They were said to have operated unchallenged by security agents for about 30 minutes.

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Speaking at the funeral mass held at the Mydas Resort and Hotel, Owo, last Friday,  Governor Rotimi Akeredolu regretted that government failed in its duty to protect the lives of the victims, because the attackers had backers.

The governor, who said he lacked the words to describe the massacre, vowed that evil would not prevail over the state.

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“We have failed to defend these people. Not because we have not tried, but because these forces on the other side are evil and they have supports. They will not triumph over us forever.

“When I see the sea of heads here it speaks volumes. What has happened to us in Owo, in Ondo State is indescribable. A lot of words are used to qualify it – dastardly, horrendous – but I still believe there are words to use to describe it but I’m still short of those words.

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“We have just 22 (deceased) in this hall. A few of them have been buried because the relatives couldn’t wait till today. But as at the last count, these animals came to the church and murdered 40 people,” Akeredolu said.

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