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Linking Owo church attack to ISWAP too hasty, Akeredolu tells Fed Govt

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor

Ondo state Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has said the Federal Government (FG) was ‘too hasty’ in linking the Owo church attack to the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP).

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, at the weekend, he said: “ I take their conclusion with a pinch of salt. ISWAP don’t hide their attacks.

“If they have done it, they would have owned up. We are yet to know their identity and our security people are still on their trail.”
The governor was quoted as saying this during a virtual interaction with a Swiss-based Christian human rights Organisation, Christian Solidarity International (CSI).

Akeredolu, who described the attack that led to the death of over 40 person with several others injured, said the incident is a crime against humanity.

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He said the attack, though horrific, will not deter the indomitable spirit of the people of the state in their quest to fight insecurity.

The governor had earlier said during a meeting that a single police command cannot guarantee safety in this country. Adding that state police is paramount at this time.

“We are doing our best with Amotekun. But Amotekun is suffering a lot of limitations in getting all the equipment needed to fight these criminals,” the statement reads.

While lauding the international community for their response so far following the incident, Akeredolu reiterated the resolve of his administration to help victims of the attack, especially those who lost loved ones and those still in the hospital.

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