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Insecurity: Amotekun Corps operatives arrest masterminds of Owo Church attack

*Arrest of the suspected persons came few days after President Muhammadu Buhari  assured Nigerians, that the attackers he described as ‘cowards’ behind recent assaults on churches around the country would be arrested and prosecuted

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Weeks after the dastardly act, the Amotekun Corps, in Ondo State, have arrested a number of suspects in connection with the massacre of worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church, in Owo, Ondo State.

ConsumerConnect reports Adetunji Adeleye, Commander of Amotekun Corps, stated this development at a media briefing in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Though Adeleye, did not give the actual figure of the suspects arrested to reporters, he noted that he is optimistic that everyone involved in the Owo Attack would be brought to book.

SP Funmilayo Odunlami, Spokeperson of the Ondo State Police Command, said the Police Force was not aware of such arrest by the Amotekun Corps in the state, Channels TV report said.

Nevertheless, report indicates it is expected the Amotekun Corps would hand over the suspects to the Police for further investigations and onward prosecution.

This arrest is the latest development, following the attack which left millions devastated across the country.

The arrest was said to have come barely two days after President Muhammadu Buhari had assured Nigerians, that the attackers he described as “cowards” behind recent assaults on churches around the country would be arrested and prosecuted.

Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement issued in Abuja, FCT, had quoted Buhari said: “As for the cowards, they will be punished for their crimes. We will bring them to justice.

“Rest assured that the full might of Nigeria’s formidable security and intelligence forces are involved in that endeavour.

“For now, I urge all Nigerians to come together in prayer-whether Christian, Muslim, or any of our great faiths- let us hold the victims and their families in our hearts and minds.”

The President also stated: “Let us show the cowards who seek to divide us along religious lines that we will not be divided. Let us show them that Nigerians will continue to cherish what we share while respecting each other’s differences.

“Let us show them that Nigerians will never be bullied by cowards, extremists, or terrorists.”

Religious freedom and diversity are what make Nigeria great, noted Buhari.

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