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ISWAP Responsible For Owo Catholic Church Attack – FG

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The National security Council has revealed that the Islamic State, West African Province (ISWAP) is responsible for the attack on St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, in Owo, Ondo State.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said the police has been mandated to go after the attackers.

The minister said this on Thursday while briefing State House Correspondents after the National Security Council meeting in Abuja.

He noted that the attack has no ethnic-religious connection, affirming that the group’s activity has nothing to do with religion.

The council, according to him, is also concerned about killings in the name of blasphemy and has directed the security agencies to go after perpetrators of the incidents that occurred in Sokoto State and Abuja recently.

Similarly, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba equally noted the imprints of the perpetrators of the Owo killings have been identified and although no arrests have been made, security agencies are now zeroing in on them.

The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, less than a week after scores of persons were killed in the attack and several others wounded.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has earlier revealed that the figure with him shows that 127 persons were involved and that the number of death now is 40. On admission receiving treatment, we have 61. Twenty-six have been discharged.