Wednesday, 10 August 2022 17:38

Owo church massacre: Military expose identity of killers [PHOTOS]

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Lucky Irabor has said the masterminds of the June 5 massacre in Owo, Ondo state, have been captured by security operatives.


The CDS also assured that despite the spate of insecurity, the 2023 general elections would hold as scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Some 40 worshippers were massacred at the St. Francis Catholic Church Owo, in an incident which the federal government said was the handiwork of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).

Speaking Tuesday during a session with media executives at the Defence Headquarters Abuja, General Irabor said the terrorists were captured at different locations across the country.

Irabor also announced that the terror suspects, most of whom were arrested in various communities in Kogi state, would be paraded before the public in no distant time.

He said: “We had wanted to present the suspects to the public immediately but couldn’t because certain investigations are still being carried out.”

The defence chief further told the media managers that the suspects, along others involved in high-profile killings in the past few months would be presented to the public.

He said, “Within the last time we met, we have recorded remarkable achievements. Let me bring it to your notice that within the same period, there have been ignoble actions of men of the underworld that have impinged on our collective well-being, namely the unfortunate train attack, the attack on Kuje correctional center as well as what has been reported in the past the attack on the presidential convoy.

“Also, the Owo incident which was intended to bring man and women of the armed forces to present them in a form and shape that make it to look as if the nation is on a siege, we have arrested those behind the dastardly act in Owo.”

Irabor said: “Starting with the Owo church attack, it is my pleasure to let you know that we have arrested those behind that dastardly act.

“On August 7, one Idris Ojo (37) was apprehended at Aiyetorosi in Ondo State. He was one of the high-profile Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) members that escaped from Kuje Prison. He was arrested along with one Jimoh Ibrahim, a 39-year-old criminal.

“Ojo was not done with all the criminal activities which he undertook in the past, he was also planning other deadly attacks and he was perfecting those plans along with his cronies before he was captured.

“Again, on August 4, the military in a combined operation with the Department of State Service (DSS) arrested four terrorists at Eika in Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State.

“Others are Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza, otherwise known as Ibn Malik; Momoh Abubakar, Aliyu Itopa and Auwal Onimisi.

“Now, Omeiza is one of the masterminds of the June 5 Catholic Church attack in Owo as well as the attack on the police station in Adavi also in Kogi state that led to the killing of a policeman as well as weapons being carried away.

“It was my intention to present them to the public, but because of the investigation still going on, I had to change my mind. I will like to say that in due course, the world will see them and others who are behind other daring attacks in the country,” Irabor added.

Behold the faces of Owo church attackers

They are Momoh Ojo Abubakar, Aliyu Yusuf Itokpka, Auwal Ishaq Onimisi, Idris Ojo and Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza






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