Funeral mass begins for Owo massacre victims

A mass burial for about 40 persons killed during an attack on worshippers at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State by gunmen, is set to be conducted today, June 17, 2022.

It will be recalled that on June 5, 2022, suspected Fulani terrorists stormed the church during its service and shot at the worshippers. It was a dark Sunday in the country and mourners trooped to the venue of the incident.

At the ongoing mass burial, the caskets bearing the bodies of the deceased were laid side-by-side.

Mydas Resort, Owo, is the venue of the event and it is presently filled with mourners including families and friends of the deceased. Also, the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu and other dignitaries are in attendance.

After the attack on the church on June 5, 2022, “Akeredolu said, “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 resolve to rid our state of criminals.

“I commiserate with my people in Owo, particularly families of 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..."

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