The Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Reverend Felix Ajakaye, has beckoned on Nigerian authorities to expedite action on the prosecution of the gunmen who carried out the killing of 41 worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State.
The cleric specifically called on the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, to give the update of the present situation on Owo Massacre.
These were contained in a press release issued by the bishop as the evil attack entered its sixth month today.
The statement reads; “On Pentecost Sunday, 5 June, 2022. gunmen attacked the worshippers at St
Francis Catholic Church. Owo, Ondo State. At the end of their unprovoked and dastardly act, it was reported that 41 people had been killed, while scores of people were seriously injured.
“Then, nationally and internationally, there were outcries, condemnations and there were promises. There were also visitations to the Church premises and the victims in the different hospitals where they were receiving treatment. As usual, the Buhari-led
Government commiserated with the people concerned. Typical of the Administration’s trademark. it vowed to be on top of the situation and fish out the culprits. Practically. Our wish is for the Government to always be on top of the action, not mere on top of the situation.
“Today, 5 December, 2022, is the sixth month of the evil attack, the dead have been buried, and their people and other well-wishers are still in sorrowful moods. Many of the injured are equally traumatized.
“Over three months ago. General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff. addressed a World Press and told the world that there had been arrests made concerning the Pentecost Sunday attack at St Francis Catholic Church. Owo. Ondo State, Nigeria.
‘A voice is heard in Ramah. lamenting and weeping bitterly: it is Rachel weeping for her children, refusing to be comforted because they are no more.” (Matthew 2:18) General Irabor, Nigeria is still waiting …
“More than ever, the people who have been in custody since the General’s public statement to Nigerians and the world that they had been arrested need to be prosecuted NOW. Not only that, General Irabor needs to give the update of the present situation on Owo Massacre.
“May we enjoy God’s special blessings and protection during this last month of Year 2022. May God be with our Nigeria’s Security Agents and Agencies.