How Ondo Church Massacre of 25 Worshippers Happened – Rev Father, Worshippers; It is Satanic Attack, Black Sunday in Owo – Gov Akeredolu

 

Rev 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 saying suspected bandit’s opened fire on worshipper’s as the Sunday Service was drawing to a close.

In an interview with BBC Yoruba, the cleric said, “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 victims to the hospital.”
Meanwhile, a worshipper at the St Francis Catholic Church, Kehinde Ogunkorode has confirmed that gunmen suspected to be kidnappers attacked the church killing no fewer than 25 worshippers.
Ogunkorode told newsmen that the bandits numbering five stormed the  church during service and shot members.
His words ” lt was like a movie, they invaded the church and shot indiscriminately.Several people were killed including children and women.
“It was when they wanted to abduct the Priest that they threw dynamite into the church.
Another worshipper said no fewer than 25 corpses have been moved out of the church with many  casualties lying at the Federal Medical Center, Owo, for medical attention
He said “some gunmen invaded the church during service, opened fire and killed no fewer than 25 members of the church.
“The congregants were caught unaware by the killers. They also used explosives but many were shot.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu while reacting to the incident, which happened in his hometown described the attack as “vile and satanic”, saying it was 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 dear 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.” Akeredolu said.
No fewer than 25 worshipper’s including women and children were said to have been killed during the bandit’s attack on Sunday.

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