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On Owo Massacre; Group Visits Church, Gruntles Over Inability Of Security Agencies To Arrest Perpetrators



A group has said to pitch tent for the arrest of those who melted untold pains and anguish on several families during the attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo in Ondo State.

The group said the time is now for Nigerians to stamp feet to defend themselves against insecurity in the country.

The group identified as Owo Nucleus Club has made a passionate appeal to security agencies and other sister agencies to apprehend those that masterminded the massacre of worshippers on that day.

No fewer than 40 catholics were slain in the attack, and many others were injured. This call becomes paramount because no traits of arrest after six weeks of the unfortunate incident.


Lt. Col. Yakubu Anifowose (retd.), the National President of Owo Necleus Club in a condolence visit with members to the church said it’s high time Nigerians stood up against kidnapping, banditry, herdsmen attack, terrorism.

However, the group donated a sum of N500,000 to the church during the visit to assist the victims of the attack.

Sir Michael Eniayewu, Chairman of Owo Zone of the group represented the president of the club. He in his speech described the incident as very unfortunate, wicked and barbaric.

Anifowose’s words:

“The attacks, by their action, have shown that they (terrorists) are animals in human skin and we are calling on our security agencies to fish them out to face the law.”


The Owo zone Chairman also aired his opinion too called for firearms permit to Nigerians for self-defence because it seems security agencies could no longer protect lives and properties of Nigerians.

“The security situation in the country is so terrible, fearful and posing great danger to the right to live by citizens and residents. We have been hearing of banditry, terrorist attacks, kidnapping and ritual killings in some parts of the country until the dastardly attack and killing of armless parishioners at the Saint Francis Catholic Church on June 5, where no fewer than 40 people were massacred.

“It is really a shameless thing. Those in the seat of power need to do something fast. It is obvious that the security agencies have failed and by that, the citizens should be allowed to carry arms and also defend themselves with whatever way they can do it”, he said.

The community leader in his brief speech also called on the people to be vigilant and report strange faces in their communities to the various community heads and leaders.

While receiving the club, a priest in the church known as Rev. Fr. Charles Oluseebi, thanked them for the gesture, described the support as great.


The club later visited the Olowo of Owo in his palace to also condole with the monarch. Oba Ajibade Ogunoye, who was represented by the Ojumu of Owo Kingdom, High Chief Olanrewaju Famakinwa, appreciated them for coming to sympathize with the Olowo and the people of Owo.

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