Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has voiced his outrage over an attack on the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.
Terrorists attacked the church on Sunday, killing an undetermined number of people and injuring dozens more.
According to SaharaReporters, the terrorists shot and killed many members of the congregation. Those who were injured were transported to various hospitals throughout the state.
In a tweet, the state governor expressed his sadness at the development, saying that the state would use all available means to achieve the arrest and punishment of the perpetrators.
Akeredolu, who is now in Abuja on party business, said he would come to Owo as soon as possible to console the relatives of those killed in the tragic attack.
“I am extremely pained by the unwarranted attack and murders of innocent persons worshiping at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo today,” he tweeted.
“The heinous and demonic attack is a premeditated assault on the peace-loving inhabitants of Owo Kingdom, who have enjoyed relative peace for many years.”
“It’s a dark Sunday in Owo.” Our hearts are burdened. The enemies of the people have assailed our peace and calm. This is a personal tragedy, as well as an attack on our beloved state.
“I have spoken with Most Reverend Jude Arogundade, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo, who is currently on his way to Owo.” Similarly, I had to cut short my party’s national job in Abuja and rush to Owo.
“This is a surprising development.” To say the least, I am stunned. Nonetheless, We will use every available resource to track down and punish these assailants. In our efforts to cleanse our state of criminals, we will never yield to the schemes of callous elements.
“I express my condolences to my people in Owo, particularly the families of those who were killed in this heinous and tragic attack.”
“I express my heartfelt condolences to Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye, and the Catholic Church.”
“I urge our citizens to be calm and alert.” Do not take the law into your own hands. I’ve met with the heads of the security agencies. I’ve also been informed that security personnel will be dispatched to monitor and restore normalcy to the Owo kingdom.”