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Catholic bishop asks Irabor to update Nigerians on suspects arrested over Owo attack

Catholic bishop asks Irabor to update Nigerians on suspects arrested over Owo attack
June 07
17:54 2023

Felix Ajakaye, Catholic bishop of Ekiti, has asked Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff, to give an update on the suspects arrested over the attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo state.

On June 5, 2022, gunmen attacked the Catholic church leaving 40 people dead and many injured.

In August, Irabor said the gunmen behind the attack had been arrested.

In a statement, Ajakaye noted that it is a year since the attack and Nigerians are still waiting for answers.


He said the defence chief is yet to update Nigerians on what has become of the suspects.

“There was outright condemnation within and outside Nigeria against the evil and unprovoked attack. Typical of the then President Muhammadu Buhari’s government, it commiserated with the Church, Ondo state and the people concerned, and it promised to arrest the culprits,” he said.

“Really, the government was widely known for its promise of always being on top of the situation, though it was never seen to be on top of the action.


“Surprisingly, a few months after the attack, addressing a world press, general Lucky Irabor, the chief of defence staff, informed the world that arrests had been made regarding the Sunday attack at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo.

“Unfortunately, to date, 5 June 2023, exactly one year after, we have not heard anything again from the army general.

“Now, a question for the chief of defence staff, general Lucky Irabor. Please, sir, when shall we be lucky to know what has become of the people you told Nigerians and the whole world were arrested due to their involvement in the massacre of the over 41 people and scores of people seriously injured during the Church attack of the worshippers by such people in Owo on 5 June 2023?

“Until an answer is given, we shall keep asking the question. Remember, the cases of the Chibok girls, Leah Sharibu and the others are still there.”



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