Police deploy anti-bomb squad to the scene of Ondo Catholic church attack

Anti-bomb squad

Officers of the Explosive Ordinance Device Unit (anti-bomb squad) have been deployed to the scene of the attack on St Francis Catholic Church, in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

KEMI FILANI NEWS had earlier reported that many people were feared dead with several injured after suspected terrorists blew up the church during service.

The Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, Oyeyemi Oyediran, deployed the anti-bomb squad after the terror attack on the Catholic on Sunday morning.

The State Police spokesperson, Funmilayo Odunlami, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Akure, the state capital.

“The command is aware of the attack at Owo, we will give you the full details of the incident later.

“We want to implore the people of the state to be calm as all security apparatus are currently active to ensure peace in the area,” Oyediran said.

He explained that efforts were being intensified to arrest those who perpetrated the evil.

This publication had earlier reported that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, described the attack that happened in his hometown as “vile and satanic”, saying it was a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of Owo Kingdom who have enjoyed relative peace over the years.

“It is a black Sunday in Owo. Our hearts are heavy. Our peace and tranquility have been attacked by the enemies of the people. This is a personal loss, an attack on our dear state. I have spoken to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo, Most Reverend Jude Arogundade, who is presently on his way to Owo. Similarly, I have had to cut short my party’s national assignment in Abuja and visit Owo immediately.”

“This is an unexpected development. I am shocked to say the least. Nevertheless, We shall commit every available resource to hunt down these assailants and make them pay. We shall never bow to the machinations of heartless elements in our resolves to rid our state of criminals.

“I commiserate with my people in Owo, particularly families of the those who lost their lives to this ugly and unfortunate attack. I extend my condolences to Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye as well as the Catholic Church.

“I urge our people to remain calm and vigilant. Do not take laws into your hands. I have spoken to the heads of the security agencies. I have equally been assured that security operatives would be deployed to monitor and restore normalcy to Owo kingdom.” Akeredolu said.

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