Updated: Military arrests terrorists who attacked Owo Church 

St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo

St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, where the massacre occurred in June

The Nigerian military on Tuesday said it has arrested suspected terrorists who attacked the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State.

Over 40 worshippers were killed on June 5, 2022 when terrorists invaded the church during Mass Service and opened fire on worshippers.

The attack had drawn worldwide condemnation and outrage.

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor disclosed this during a news conference at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

He said said the criminals were arrested in collaboration with other security agencies.

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Irabor said the suspects would be paraded after the conclusion of investigation.

According to Irabor, the military had recorded remarkable achievement in the fight against terrorism.

He lamented that there had been ignoble actions of men of the underworld that had impinged on the collective well-being, namely the unfortunate train attack, the attack on Kuje correctional center as well as what has been reported in the past, the attack on the presidential convoy.

“Also, the Owo incident which was intended to bring man and women of the armed forces to present them in a form and shape that make it to look as if the nation is on a siege. We have arrested those behind the dastardly act in Owo,” he disclosed.

Irabor said it was his intention to present the Owo attackers to the public, but said he would not because of the investigation still going on.
“I had to change my mind. I will like to say that in due course, the world will see them and others who are behind other daring attacks in the country,” he said.


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