Defence & Security

Defence chief confirms arrest of Owo terror attacks

By Paul Michael

Terrorists that attacked a Catholic Church during service in Owo, Ondo State, a few months ago have been arrested.

Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, revealed this during a meeting with editors and media executives in Abuja on Tuesday.

Recall that some gunmen had stormed St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, killing no fewer than 40 worshippers and injuring several others on 5th June, 2022.

The Federal Government, however, said the Islamic States of West Africa Province terrorists were behind the attack.

Irabor said the suspects would be paraded after an investigation had been concluded into the matter.

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“Within the last time we met, we have recorded remarkable achievement. Let me bring it to your notice that within the same period, there have been ignoble actions of men of the underworld that have impinged on our collective well-being, namely the unfortunate train attack, the attack on Kuje correctional centre 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 men and women of the armed forces to present them in a form and shape that make it look as if the nation is on a siege. We have arrested those behind the dastardly act in Owo.

“It was my intention to present them to the public, but because of the investigation still going on, I had to change my mind. I would 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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