Gunmen have attacked St Francis Catholic Church in Iwo, headquarters of Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
According to several reports, the incident, which happened close to the palace of the Olowo of Owo left more than 50 worshippers dead, and several others injured.
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, condemned the evil attack and assured that measures have been taken to ensure calm is returned to the already agitated area.
Gov. Akeredolu also commiserated with the families of the victims.
“It is a black Sunday in Owo. Our hearts are heavy. Our peace and tranquility have been attacked by the enemies of the people. This is a personal loss, an attack on our dear state.”
“I have spoken to 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 as well as the Catholic Church,” He said.
The Governor of the Sunshine State urged the people to be calm and vigilant.