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Residents donate Blood for Victims of Owo attack

Some residents of Akure the Ondo State capital this morning on Monday flooded the University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital, UNIMEDTH Akure to donate blood for victims of terror attack.

The donors said it was just a sacrifice they could do for the victims.

Meanwhile, the Ondo State Police Command has begun Forensic Investigation into yesterday’s church attack in Owo to ascertain the actual or remote cause(s) of the attack and for immediate arrest of the assailants.

A statement by the PPRO, Funmi Odunlami says as all hands are on deck to forestall any similar attack in any part of the state.

According to the police, a Preliminary investigation reveals that the assailants approached the church during the service, and started shooting from outside the church while others numbering about 4 (four) shot directly into the church.

Many people reportedly lost their lives and many were injured when gunmen invaded St Francis Catholic Church Owo yesterday.

The incident cut short Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s party assignment in Abuja as the governor immediately rushed back to Owo.

Meanwhile, the state government has ordered the immediate deployment of armed and specialised policemen to the area to restore normalcy and fortify the entire community.

Also, the Olowo of Owo Kingdom and Paramount Ruler of Owo Land, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr) Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, has expressed sadness over the unprovoked attack and killing of innocent people while worshipping at the St Francis Catholic Church along Owaluwa Street earlier today.

In a press statement by his Special Assistant Media, Sam Adewale, Oba Ogunoye unequivocally condemned the dastard acts of these so-called gunmen.

Oba Ogunoye who was deeply saddened over the unfortunate development said that the perpetrators without mincing words are enemies of the people.

The Monarch described the attack on the people of the Kingdom as an assault on the peace and tranquility the people have enjoyed over the years, saying, the Government and appropriate security agencies will rise up to the occasion by making sure these heartless persons or groups are apprehended to face justice.

Oba Ogunoye urged the people to remain calm, just as he appealed for peace and advised them to shun any action that may snowball into taking laws into their hands.

His Imperial Majesty,  therefore, commiserated with the people of the kingdom, the Catholic Church, and particularly the families of those who lost their lives in the heart-wrenching incident.

Reporting by Augustina Okinedo, Isename Modupe, editing by Daniel Adejo