Jan 31, 2023

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FG Was Too Quick To Blame ISWAP for Owo Church Attack, Governor Akeredolu Insists – Legit.ng

  • The identity of those responsible for the attack on the Owo Catholic Church in Ondo has not been established, according to the state governor
  • The state governor Ondo is also unhappy with the federal government’s claim that ISWAP was responsible for the attack.
  • According to Akeredolu, had the disaster been orchestrated by their terror, ISWAP would have immediately taken responsibility Group

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has again fallen out with the federal government over who should be held responsible for the killings of believers in Owo .

During an exclusive interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today Monday, responding to the killing, he questioned the Islamic State’s West African Province (ISWAP) in connection with the attack to bring n.


“I responded to this almost immediately because I asked what evidence they had,” he said Governor. “It’s important to let us know because security agencies were too quick to conclude it was made by ISWAP.

“But whatever it is, we stand plus the position that it’s a trilogy operating in our woods wreaking havoc. We only have Fulani herders right in front of us, followed by these bandits and ISWAP again; so the three work together and they work separately.”

At least 40 people were killed and many injured when gunmen opened fire on worshipers at St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo opened , the headquarters of Owo Municipal Government, Ondo State.

The June 5 incident sparked widespread condemnation from various individuals and groups, who called on the government to take action that the attackers were released were arrested and brought to justice.

Amid the controversy over who was responsible for the incident, the federal government linked the killings to ISWAP, a position , with which Governor Akeredolu disagreed.

For the governor, the activities of killer herdsmen, bandits and ISWAP fighters are inseparable, and the terrorist group is always quick to take charge commented on attacks by their members.


“So, we’re not people who believe the idea that maybe it’s ISWAP or bandits or Fulani herders; We have been confronted with terrorism in Ondo State by the three,” he said. “Well, I don’t know how you’re going to separate them unless you have concrete evidence.

“And our own contention is that ISWAP, mostly if not always, takes over the responsibility for their actions. When they do things, they say we did it; They are proud of these heinous crimes.

“I suppose if ISWAP had done this they would have come out and admitted all along, but some of us have our fears that it is not ISWAP and we disagree with that position.”

Source: Legit.ng