Owo attack: FG’s conclusion on ISWAP too hasty, says Akeredolu

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The Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has said the Federal Government’s pronouncement of the Islamic State’s West Africa Province as the terrorist group behind the terror attack at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owaluwa Street, Owo on Sunday, was too hasty.

Akeredolu in a statement on Friday, noted that he took the conclusion with a pinch of salt, adding that ISWAP are known for claiming responsibility for their attacks.

The governor was quoted to hav spoken during a virtual interaction with a Swiss-based Christian human rights Organisation, Christian Solidarity International.

He said, “The statement is too hasty. I take their conclusion with a pinch of salt. ISWAP don’t hide their attacks. If they have done it, they would have owned up. We are yet to know their identity and our security people are still on their trail.”

Akeredolu, who said the attack was a crime against humanity, stressed that the Southwest region had been a peaceful haven before the horrific attack.

He said despite the attack on the psyche of the people, the people of the state are indomitable and ready to fight insecurity.

The governor also reiterated the call for state police, noting that the time for state police is now.

He emphasised that the present security architecture of the country could not provide adequate security of lives and property.


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