Suspected attackers of the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, have been reportedly arrested.
A trending video shows a crowd protesting within the palace of the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye.
One of them could be heard saying: “They want to take them (suspects) to Akure. The youths are angry.”
Gunmen, last Sunday, invaded the church and murdered several worshippers, including women and children in Ondo.
Meziesblog learnt that the death toll has hit 40, with others injured still at the hospital receiving treatment.
The Police had confirmed that some of the assailants disguised as congregants and fired shots from AK-47 rifles.
The security agency also announced that three unexploded Improvised Explosive Device at the scene (IEDs) were recovered.
More to come…
The upsurge in violent attacks, kidnapping and insecurity in several parts of the country in recent times has become the order of the day. It is not just enough for president Buhari to, in his usual rhetoric condemn such violent attacks, while nothing meaningful comes out of such talks. But the government has for several years now, treated the level of insecurity in the country with such levity and lackadaisical attitude. These senseless and unprovoked attacks on worshippers and innocent citizens are unacceptable, condemnable and the culprits must be checked, in proactive and swift actions before they unleash such terror attacks, apprehended and brought to book.
If the government had lived up to its expectations, as promised by the Buhari administration, during his inaugural speech and manifesto of his political party, the APC, perhaps, the mayhem and violent attacks all over the country, would have abated by now.
The level of insecurity now in the country, sends a very negative signal to foreign investors, most of whom have diverted their investments to other countries in the subregion, considered to be safer investments havens. If the lives of innocent worshippers are snuffed out in a church, where else can be safe in the country?
Some Nigerians had expected that President Buhari being a retired Army general and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, was better positioned to address the lingering issue of incessant attacks by different militia groups in the country. Unfortunately, this has not been the case, as such attacks, which were hitherto restricted to the North East parts of the country, have since spread to nearly all regions of the country.
Nigerians and indeed the rest of the world are sick and tired of high-faluting words and rhetorics from the government, in reaction to subsequent and frequent attacks by armed gangs and groups. One of the main responsibilities and essence of any effective government is the security of lives and property, and to protect her territorial integrity from both internal and external threats. And where there are any breaches of security, the culprits must be apprehended and dealt with severely.