Many Feared Dead As Explosion Rocks Catholic Church In Ondo (Graphic)
Explosion Rocks St. Francis Catholic Church in Ondo.
The explosion which occurred on the church premises left many dead and several other injured.
According to an eyewitness, the incident caused chaos in the area, with residents fleeing for safety after being caught off guard.
Eyewitness account:What we know about the Owo Church killings.
Another terrible incident occurred in Owo,Ondo state today, last week an Engineer was kidnapped in the town.
Eyewitnesses reveal that about 4 Fulani/Hausa speaking gunmen attacked the church, meters away from the Oja oba market around the Olowo of Owo palace area.
One account indicated 10 dead lifeless bodies, another account indicate there were over 50 bodies
Also a visiting Bishop was said to have been kidnapped by the gunmen
As at press time, no police presence was seen at the scene of the incident, the parishioners were told to leave the church premises and the gates were locked.
No official statement yet released by the authorities on the casualty figures.
No statement yet released by the Church involved
I am deeply saddened by the unprovoked attack and killing of innocent people of Owo, worshiping at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Today.
The vile & satanic attack is a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of Owo Kingdom who have enjoyed relative peace over the years.
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.
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.