Owo Killings: Perpetrators must not go unpunished —Ondo Council of Obas
Owo Attack: Perpetrators of this heinous crime must not go unpunished
The Chairman of the Ondo State Council of Obas and the Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba (Dr.) Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Odundun II has condemned the attack on the worshippers of St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo.
He described the unprovocative attack as barbaric and highly traumatizing which had left the ancient city of Owo in unquantifiable pains and agony.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Adeyeye Michael, Oba Aladetoyinbo said that the massacre of innocent and law abiding worshippers including women and children was the height of crime against God and humanity.
It is so sad that there is no sanctity and respect for human lives by these assailants who killed innocent souls who have gathered to worship God and also pray for our dear nation.
This is a sad for us in Ondo State and the hearts of all the traditional Rulers and good people of the sunshine state is heavy over this ugly incident and our heartfelt condolence and prayers is with the family of those who lost their loved ones in this barbaric attack.
Oba Aladetoyinbo wishes to commiserate with the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN and the Olowo of Owo, Oba (Dr.) Ajibade Ogunoye over this incident.
The Deji urges the security agencies to go after theses attackers and bring them to justice for sins against humanity.
The Traditional Rulers in Ondo State will continue to support the Government in ensuring that the state is rid of all criminal elements.
Oba Aladetoyinbo prayed God to grant the departed soul eternal rest and console those who have lost their loved ones and grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
Signed Adeyeye Michael Chief Press Secretary to the Deji & Paramount Ruler of Akure Kingdom. 6th June, 2022.
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The unfortunate and sad event that took the lives of worshippers who left their various houses to commune with God at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa, Owo was another sign that Nigeria is drifting towards being a failed state, and government at all levels must rise to salvage the horrible and recurring decimal before citizens resort to self-help.
The horrible scene of the event as seen in pictures and the report that the attack couldn’t be resisted by security agents due to lack of vehicles to mobilize their men to the scene speaks to how the security of lives and properties of the citizens has been trivialized and no longer a serious business as it ought to be.
We charge the state security apparatus to do everything in their capacity to bring the perpetrators of this evil to book as the heinous display of terrorism must not go unpunished.
While we commiserate with people of the Ancient Kingdom of Owo and the Government of Ondo State, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari in his capacity as the Grand Commander of Armed Forces to as a matter of legacy rise to the deteriorating security situation across the country by displaying his disapproval of the killings with strong security resistance statement.
We also task government at all levels to prioritize the security of the lives and properties of their citizens by giving the institutional support for the security agencies within their jurisdiction to live up to their responsibilities.
Crime has no ethnic and religious affiliation, blood-thirsty criminals must be treated in the language of terror they understand.