Abuja, Nigeria – Those behind the Owo church attacks have been arrested, General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) said on Tuesday.
The attack occurred on June 5, 2022, when some unknown gunmen stormed St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, killing no fewer than 40 worshippers during Sunday service.
Few days after the attack, the Federal Government has, however, said the Islamic States of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists were behind the attack, based on investigation into the case.
General Irabor said the suspects would be paraded after an investigation had been concluded into the matter.
He said, “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 man and women of the armed forces to present them in a form and shape that make it to 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 will like to say that in due course, the world will see them and others who are behind other daring attacks in the country.”