UK Reacts To The Attack On The Owo Church In Ondo State
The United Kingdom has reacted to the church attack in Owo, Ondo State.
Touchaheart reports that unknown gunmen entered St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, southwest Nigeria, bombed the church, and fired many bullets at the congregation, resulting in many deaths and injuries.
This online news outlet has learned that an eyewitness, Kehinde Ogunkorode, informed reporters that the incident produced chaos in the region, with locals fleeing for safety after being caught off guard.
Touchaheart Nigeria reports that the explosion on the grounds of the Catholic Church in Owo killed several persons and injured many more.
Reacting to the Owo Church attack in a tweet on the micro-blogging site, Twitter, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, wrote: “Terrible news today from Owo in Ondo state. I condemn those responsible for this horrific crime. I extend my sympathies to all those affected.”
Meanwhile, Touchaheart says that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu comes from Owo, the location of the Catholic Church Owo attack. St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, in the Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, was rocked by an explosion on Sunday, June 5, 2022.
While condemning the attack, Governor Akeredolu termed it as a “personal loss” and a “planned assault.”
“I am very pained by the unjustified attack and murders of innocent people of Owo worshiping at the St. Francis Catholic Church today,” Akeredolu said in a statement. The heinous and demonic act is a premeditated strike against Owo Kingdom’s peace-loving people, who have enjoyed relative peace throughout the years.
“It is a black Sunday in Owo. Our hearts are heavy. Our peace and tranquility have been attacked by the enemies of the people. This is a personal loss, an attack on our dear state.
“I have spoken to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo, Most Reverend Jude Arogundade, who is presently on his way to Owo. Similarly, I have had to cut short my party’s national assignment in Abuja and visit Owo immediately.
“This is an unexpected development. I am shocked to say the least. Nevertheless, We shall commit every available resource to hunt down these assailants and make them pay. We shall never bow to the machinations of heartless elements in our resolves to rid our state of criminals.
“I commiserate with my people in Owo, particularly families of the those who lost their lives to this ugly and unfortunate attack.
“I extend my condolences to Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye as well as the Catholic Church.
“I urge our people to remain calm and vigilant. Do not take laws into your hands. I have spoken to the heads of the security agencies. I have equally been assured that security operatives would be deployed to monitor and restore normalcy to Owo kingdom.”