Gunmen behind the June 5 attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, have been arrested.
Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, stated this on Tuesday during a meeting with editors and media executives in Abuja.
No fewer than 40 worshippers were killed in the attack, which left a mark on the community and the nation.
Irabor said the suspects would be paraded after the conclusion of investigation.
He said, “Within the last time we met, we have recorded remarkable achievement. Let me bring it to your notice that within the same period, there have been ignoble actions of men of the underworld that have impinged on our collective well-being, namely the unfortunate train attack, the attack on Kuje Correctional Center, as well as what has been reported in the past- the attack on the presidential convoy.
“Also, the Owo incident, which was intended to bring men and women of the armed forces to present them in a form and shape that make it to look as if the nation is on a siege. We have arrested those behind the dastardly act in Owo.
“It was my intention to present them to the public, but because of the investigation still going on, I had to change my mind. I will like to say that in due course, the world will see them and others who are behind other daring attacks in the country.”
The Federal Government had earlier blamed the Islamic States of West Africa Province (ISWAP), for the Owo church attack.
Since the incident, Owo has witnessed a few violent crimes.
In July, there was a shooting at the yard of the Craneburg Construction Company, at Folahanmi Junction, Owo.
Speaking at the scene, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said the shooting was aimed at destroying some of the equipment of the construction company and not to maim or kill anyone.
He said, “I want to allay the fears of our people. Clearly, what happened here on Wednesday night was not an attempt to kidnap anybody because they went away with nobody. And we have on the premises over hundred people living there.
“Yes, there were sporadic gunshots at the wall but they never went inside to kill anybody. It is better for everybody to know. They didn’t go inside there to kill anybody. The only two people who had some gunshots were security men who they saw outside the premises.”