ISWAP Responsible for Ondo Catholic Church Attack

ISWAP Responsible for Ondo Catholic Church Attack (News Central TV)

Nigeria’s National Security Council, on Thursday, revealed that the Islamic State, West African Province (ISWAP) masterminded the deadly attack on St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State that left 40 people dead and several others severely wounded on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this to State House correspondents, shortly after the over three-hour council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja.

Aregbesola, who spoke in the company of the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, said security agencies are closing in on the perpetrators through their traces.

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Governor Akeredolu and Security agents after the attack at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State

The council says it is gravely concerned about spate of blasphemy-linked killings and has directed security agents to hunt those behind the killing of Deborah Samuel Sokoto State and a more recent case in Abuja.

He, however, noted that the police have arrested no one for the attack since Sunday. The minister also debunked notions that the attack carried an ethnic-religious tint.

Aregbesola said the council has made adequate security preparations for the June 18 governorship election in Ekiti State.

In attendance at the security meeting were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd.).

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Others include the Director-General of the Department of State Service, Yusuf Bichi; and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar; Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Farouk Yahaya; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo; and the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao are also in attendance.

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