Gunmen have killed over 50 worshippers in Catholic Church in Ondo, South-western part of Nigeria, the state governor,Arakunrin Akeredolu called it a “Vile and satanic attack” on innocent souls.
A viral online video showed some worshippers being killed and lying on the floor of the church in the pool of blood.
It was learnt that the incident happened in the church, at St. Francis Catholic Church, which is less than 200 metres away from the Palace of Olowo of Owo. Killing over 50 members of the congregation, during the church service.
One of the Health Workers on duty at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo confirmed that many people were brought to the hospital dead on Sunday. He Said, “They are still bringing people to the hospital, some have been confirmed dead while some are still breathing. But for now, i can’t specify the number of those dead.”
A nurse also said, no enough medical personnel on ground to attend to the casualties at the emergency unit of the hospital while some of the casualties have been taken to private hospital.
The Governor have spoken to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo, Most Reverend Jude Arogundade, who is presently on his way to Owo. Similarly, I have had to cut short my party’s national assignment in Abuja and visit Owo immediately.
I commiserate with my people in Owo, particularly families of the those who lost their lives to this ugly and unfortunate attack. I extend my condolences to Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye as well as the Catholic Church”
He also urged the people to remain calm and vigilant. Do not take laws into your hands, adding that he has spoken to the head of the security agencies. Noting that, he has equally been assured that security operatives would be deployed to monitor and restore normalcy to Own kingdom.