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THE Ondo State Security Network, also known as Amotekun, said suspected masterminds of the attack on worshippers at St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, have been arrested.

The Commander of the security outfit, Adetunji Adeleye, disclosed this in Akure, the state capital, on Thursday.

According to him, the vehicle and some weapons used by the suspects during the attack have been recovered.


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He said: “As regards the Owo incident, we have recovered the last vehicle they used for that operation, and we made some arrests. We have also recovered some vital things which we are working on.

“Several people have been arrested concerning the Owo issue and a number of equipment. On that day, we pursued them to the point we recovered the vehicle, and we are still pursuing them.

“We have told you that until we get to the root, I can assure you that the perpetrators and their sponsors will be brought to book.”

The Amotekun Corps also paraded 71 other suspected criminals who were allegedly involved in kidnapping, cattle rustling, robbery and cultism.

Many worshippers were killed in the terrorist attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, on June 5.

Footage seen by The ICIR showed gory images of dead people, including children and women.

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According to the church authorities, not less than 40 people died from the attack while many others were badly injured.

A mass burial was conducted for the victims on June 17.

The Federal Government had blamed the attack on a terrorist group, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

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