AKURE – The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has paid a condolence visit to Ondo State over the attack on worshippers at St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo Town in Ondo State.
It would be recalled that some unknown gunmen stormed the church during service on Sunday, June 5, 2022 and started to shoot indiscriminately at the worshippers which left about 50 people dead and many injured.
The APC National Leader who left Abuja early morning of Monday, June 6, 2022 for Akure, capital of Ondo State to commiserate with the people of the state met with the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and other government officials and they left for Owo where they met with leaders of the church and the traditional ruler of Owo.
Tinubu thereafter donated N50 million to victims of the attack and N25 million to the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo where the unfortunate incident took place.
Recall, Ondo State Governor Akeredolu, SAN, has expressed his sadness and condemned the attack and killing of innocent people of Owo, worshiping at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo Town, on Sunday, May 5, 2022.
According to a release e-signed and made available to StarTrend Int’l & online – www.startrendinternational.com by Richard Olatunde, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State, the governor said, the vile and satanic attack is a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of Owo Kingdom who have enjoyed relative peace over the years.
His words, “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.”