Defence & Security

IGP deploys experts for full-scale investigation of Owo terror attack

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor, Abuja

  • Police recover unexploded IEDs

Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has ordered a full-scale investigation that can lead to the arrest of criminals who attacked St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Owaluwa in Owo, Ondo State during a service on Sunday, killing scores of innocent worshippers.

Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a press statement said the IGP has deployed specialized operatives of the Explosive Ordnance Devices Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Explosives (EOD-CBRNE), police experts, and other tactical units from the Force Headquarters commerce a comprehensive investigation for immediate arrest of the perpetrators.

The statement said: “The gunmen, from preliminary investigations, invaded the church with arms and materials suspected to be explosives. Police Investigators who were part of the First Responders deployed to the scene have recovered pellets of expended AK-47 ammunition while the Explosive Ordnance Devices-Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Explosives (EOD-CBRNE) unit confirmed the use of Explosives as fragments of the IEDs used were found and after thorough sweeping of the scene, 3 unexploded IEDs were recovered at the scene of the incident.

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“Further investigations revealed that some of the gunmen disguised as congregants, while other armed men who had positioned themselves around the church premises from different directions, fired into the church. The assailants fled the scene using a Nissan Sunny car with Reg No. AKR 895 AG which was snatched from the owner, and escaped through Owo/Ute road. The vehicle has been recovered while the owner of the vehicle is currently assisting the Police in its investigations.

“The IGP has ordered fullscale investigations into the incident in order to bring to book the perpetrators of the gruesome killing of the worshippers at the church. The IGP has further ordered the deployment of specialized operatives of the Police EODCBRNE, police experts, and other tactical units from the Force Headquarters for a comprehensive investigation, and for immediate interception of the Villians.”

According to the statement, the IGP condoled with the Ondo State Government, family members, relatives and friends of the victims who lost their lives. Baba equally assured that the killers would be made to face the full wrath of the law, while the police will emplace strategies to forestall similar occurrences in the future.

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