One year after the Owo massacre, Bishop Ajakaiye demands that the perpetrators be prosecuted.

The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Rev. Felix Ajakaiye, has once again urged the Federal Government to prosecute the perpetrators of the deadly Owo massacre as soon as possible.

Remember that a year ago, on June 5, 2022, unknown gunmen attacked St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, killing dozens of worshippers and injuring many more.

In a statement issued on Tuesday in Ado-Ekiti, Bishop Ajakaiye expressed regret that no prosecutions had taken place since the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, announced arrests.

The statement read: “There was outright condemnation within and outside Nigeria against the evil and unprovoked attack. Typically of the then President Muhammadu Buhari government, it commiserated with the Church, Ondo State and the people concerned, and it promised to arrest the culprits.

“Surprisingly, a few months after the attack, addressing a World Press, General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff, informed the world that arrests had been made regarding the Sunday attack at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo.

“Unfortunately, to date, 5 June 2023, exactly one year after, we have not heard anything again from the Army General. Now, a question for the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor.

“Please, Sir, when shall we be lucky to know what has become of the people you told Nigerians and the whole world were arrested due to their involvement in the massacre of over 41 people and scores of people seriously injured during the Church attack of the worshippers by such people in Owo on 5 June, 2022?

“Until an answer is given, we shall keep asking the question. Remember, the cases of the Chibok girls, Leah Sharibu and others are still there.”


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