It was a bloody Sunday in Ondo when 28 worshipers were killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The attack was carried out at St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, the headquarters of Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Many others were left injured, as they were rushed to the hospital.
The church which is situated close to the Palace of the Olowo of Owo was reportedly attacked by the herdsmen when service was underway, firing live ammunitions on the worshipers before detonating bombs already planted in the church.
The attack is believed to be a message to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who has succeeded in clamping down on the activities of killer herdsmen in the state. Owo where the attack took place happens to be the Governor’s hometown.
“Fulani herdsmen entered our community and started shooting, they killed about 28 people and dozens were severely injured,” Olayemi Adeyemi, a member of Ondo House of Assembly representing the constituency told news men.
“We have dozens of injured people at Federal Medical Centre, Owo, and I am on my way there now to see the victims,” Mr Adeyemi added.
“We have enjoyed improved security since herdsmen were driven away from our forests by this administration,” Mr Adeyemi said. “This is a reprisal attack to send a diabolical message to the governor.”
In a 24-seconds clip circulating on social media, many were seen lying in the pool of their own blood.