Owo Massacre: Catholic Bishop Tells CDS to Speak Up and Charge Arrested Suspects
Bishop Felix Ajakaye, the Catholic Bishop of the Ekiti Diocese, has urged General LuckyIrabor, the Chief of Defence Staff, to launch the prosecution of the suspects detained in connection with the murder of worshippers at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.
On June 5, 2022, gunmen attacked the Catholic church and murdered no less than 40 worshippers, sparking outrage and condemnation on a national and international scale.
Two months after the tragedy, in August, the CDS spoke to reporters in Abuja, revealing that several suspects had been detained in connection with the church attack and promising to keep the public informed of any new developments.
Bishop Ajakaye highlighted that the Federal Government and security services' silence on the Owo attack is unacceptable in a statement to the Nigerian Tribune on Monday in Ado-Ekiti, adding that the church and the families of the deceased are awaiting the results of the investigations.
"As usual, the Buhari-led government expressed its sympathies to the affected citizens," added Ajakaye. The government promised to stay on top of the problem and find the offenders, as is customary for it.
"We want the government to constantly be at the forefront of the action, not just the situation. Today, December 5, 2022, is the sixth month since the wicked attack; the deceased have been laid to rest, and their people have been left behind.
As usual, the Buhari-led government expressed its sympathies to the affected citizens," added Ajakaye. The government promised to stay on top of the problem and find the offenders, as is customary for it.
"We want the government to constantly be at the forefront of the action, not just the situation. The wicked incident took place six months ago today (Monday), on December 5, 2022; the victims have been buried, but their loved ones and other sympathizers are still in a dejected state. Many of the injured suffer from similar trauma.
"More than three months back. The Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor, announced to the world's press that arrests had been made in connection with the Pentecost Sunday attack at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo.
A voice is heard in Ramah, lamenting and weeping bitterly: it is Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted because they are no more.” (Matthew 2:18) General Irabor, Nigeria is still waiting…
“More than ever, the people who have been in custody since the General’s public statement to Nigerians and the world that they had been arrested need to be prosecuted NOW. Not only that, General Irabor needs to give the update of the present situation on Owo.