The Defence Headquarters, through Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor on Tuesday, August 8, confirmed to Nigerians that terrorists who attacked St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo have been arrested.
CDS Iraboh, during a meeting with media executives in Abuja, noted that troops who were in operation pursued the suspects and recovered some exhibits from them.
The military revealed the identities of some of the terrorists. According the military chief the search for more of the terrorists who are in hiding is still on.
“As regards the Owo incident, we have recovered the last vehicle they used for that operation and have also recovered some vital things which we are working on.
“A number of people have been arrested concerning the Owo issue as well as a number of equipment.
On that day, we pursued them to the point that we recovered the vehicle and we are still pursuing them We have told you that until we get to the root, I can assure you that the perpetrators and their sponsors will be brought to book.”
He gave some of the names of those already arrested as follows:
Momoh Ojo Abubakar
Aliyu Yusuf Itokpka
Auwal Ishaq Onimisi
Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza (one of the masterminds of the owo attack.
The governor of Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Tuesday confirmed the arrest of the terrorists.
“I can confirm what the CDS has said, they were arrested last week and the photographs of the suspects were forwarded to me.
“About five of them have been arrested while they’re on the trail of others.”
Great victory at last.
Recall that terrorists launched a deadly attack on the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo, and killing scores had been arrested.
The Defence Headquarters in a meeting with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, August 8, confirmed the arrest.
CDS Irabor, making the revelation, said the arrest was the result of an effective collaboration of the Nigerian military and other sister security agencies.