General Lucky Irabor confirms Arrest of Perpetrators of Owo Church Attack

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor has announced that the perpetrators of the Owo Church attack have been arrested.

Irabor who said this during a media parley in Abuja on Tuesday said they were apprehended in different parts of Nigeria, including Kogi State.

Recall that more than 40 persons were killed in an attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo in Ondo State.

He said those arrested will soon be paraded for all to see.

“We had wanted to present the suspects to the public immediately but couldn’t because certain investigations are still being carried out. Starting with the Owo church attack, it is my pleasure to let you know that we have arrested those behind that dastardly act.

“On Aug. 7, one Idris Ojo (37) was apprehended at Aiyetorosi in Ondo State. He was one of the high-profile Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) members that escaped from Kuje Prison.

“He was arrested along with one Jimoh Ibrahim, a 39-year-old criminal. Ojo was not done with all the criminal activities which he undertook in the past, he was also planning other deadly attacks and he was perfecting those plans along with his cronies before he was captured,” he said.

“Again, on Aug. 4, the military in a combined operation with the Department of State Service (DSS) arrested four terrorists at Eika in Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State.

“Others are Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza, otherwise known as Ibn Malik; Momoh Abubakar, Aliyu Itopa and Auwal Onimisi.

“Now, Omeiza is one of the masterminds of the June 5 Catholic Church attack in Owo as well as the attack on the police station in Adavi also in Kogi State that led to the killing of a policeman as well as weapons being carried away,” the CDS said.

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