A church in southwestern Nigeria grew to become the positioning of a bloody assault on Sunday, based on native lawmakers.
Attackers stormed into the church within the metropolis of Owo and commenced “taking pictures sporadically,” Adeyemi Olayemi, the legislator representing the Owo constituency within the Ondo State Home of Meeting, informed CNN.
Not less than 28 folks have been killed, Olayemi mentioned.
“The attackers got here in bikes and began taking pictures sporadically,” he mentioned. “They killed many individuals contained in the church.”
Victims are being are taken to Federal Medical Heart in Owo, Olayemi mentioned.
State police couldn’t affirm the overall variety of casualties at St. Francis Catholic Church, a police spokesperson informed CNN, nor may they determine these behind the assault.
Ondo State Governor Arakunrin Akeredolu mentioned he was “shocked” by the assault and referred to as it a “black Sunday in Owo.”
“I’m deeply saddened by the unprovoked assault and killing of harmless folks of Owo, worshiping on the St. Francis Catholic Church, immediately,” he mentioned on Twitter, including that “the vile and satanic assault is a calculated assault on the peace-loving folks of Owo Kingdom who’ve loved relative peace through the years.”
The governor vowed to “commit each obtainable useful resource to search out these assailants and make them pay.”
“We will by no means bow to the machinations of heartless components in our resolves to rid our state of criminals,” he continued, asking the general public to not “take the legal guidelines into your arms.”
“I urge our folks to stay calm and vigilant. Don’t take legal guidelines into your arms. I’ve spoken to the heads of the safety companies. I’ve equally been assured that safety operatives could be deployed to watch and restore normalcy to Owo kingdom,” Akeredolu wrote.
Deadly assaults by motorbike-riding gangs are uncommon in southwestern Nigeria. Such assaults are extra widespread in swathes of the nation’s north, which is consistently beneath siege by Boko Haram terrorists and marauding gunmen identified regionally as ‘bandits.’
The Owo church assault comes one week after one other church tragedy, when 31 people were killed and others injured throughout a stampede at a church occasion within the southeastern Nigerian metropolis of Port Harcourt.