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Gunmen Attack Catholic Church In Ondo

Several persons have been feared dead following an explosion on Sunday at St Francis Catholic Church on Owa-luwa Street, Owo town, Akure, Ondo State capital.

The explosion reportedly occurred on the church premises while mass was ongoing, sending worshippers scampering for safety.

The source of the explosion was yet to be confirmed as of press time.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has vowed to go after gunmen who killed worshippers at the St Francis Catholic Church in Owo on Sunday.

Mr. Akeredolu, who spoke in a statement by his spokesman Richard Olatunde, described the attack as “vile and satanic”, adding that it is “a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of Owo Kingdom who have enjoyed relative peace over the years.”

The rest of the statement read: “It is a black Sunday in Owo. Our hearts are heavy. Our peace and tranquility have been attacked by the enemies of the people. This is a personal loss, an attack on our dear state.

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“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 resolves to rid our state of criminals.

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

“I urge our people to remain calm and vigilant. Do not take laws into your 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 Owo kingdom.”

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