The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has reacted to terrorists attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, describing the incident as a black Sunday.
It would be recalled that the terrorists stormed the church during a praying session on Sunday morning and opened fire on worshippers, leading to the death of scores of people.
Mr Akeredolu, in a series of tweets, said he has cut short his national assignment in Abuja and is rushing home after hearing the attack.
“I am deeply saddened by the unprovoked attack and killing of innocent people of Owo, worshipping at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Today.
“The vile & satanic attack is a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of Owo Kingdom who have enjoyed relative peace over the years.
“It is a black Sunday in Owo. Our hearts are heavy. Our peace and tranquillity have been attacked by the enemies of the people. This is a personal loss, an attack on our dear state,” he said.
The governor said he had spoken with 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, and the Catholic Church,” he added.
He, however, urged the 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,” he said.