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- Akeredolu confirms arrest
The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) had said that security forces have arrested the terrorists behind the attack on St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen Lucky Irabor, who made the disclosure Tuesday during a parley with media executives at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja, said the terrorists were arrested by the military in collaboration with other security agencies.
The military chief revealed that the search for more of the terrorists who are in hiding is still on.
“As regards the Owo incident, we have recovered the last vehicle they used for that operation and we made some arrests and we have also recovered some vital things which we are working on.
“A number of people have been arrested concerning the Owo issue as well as a number of equipment. On that day, we pursued them to the point that we recovered the vehicle and we are still pursuing them We have told you that until we get to the root, I can assure you that the perpetrators and their sponsors will be brought to book.” He gave some of the names of those already arrested as follows: Momoh Ojo Abubakar Aliyu Yusuf Itokpka Auwal Ishaq Onimisi Idris Ojo Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza (one of the masterminds of the attack)
Terrorists on June 5, attacked the Catholic Church and opened fire on worshippers during a Sunday Mass, killing 40 parishioners.
Meanwhile, the governor of Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of the terrorists. Governor Akeredolu stated: “I can confirm what the CDS has said. They were arrested last week and the photographs of the suspects were forwarded to me.
About five of them have been arrested while they’re on the trail of others.”
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