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GOVERNOR of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, has condemned the attack on Saint Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, which left scores of worshippers dead during a Holy Mass on Pentecost Sunday.

  Dr Fayemi, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, described the attack as vile, barbaric, and callous, adding that there could never be any justification for the heinous behaviour of the assailants.

  Chairman of the NGF, who is a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), commiserated with the Governor of Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), and the people of Ondo State over the sad incident.

  He urged security agencies in the state to ensure that the perpetrators of the crime were apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law, also tasking them to remain vigilant.

  “The perpetrators of this dastardly act should not go unpunished. We call on relevant security agencies in the state to spring into action and ensure that they are brought to book.

  “Our condolences go to the government and good people of Ondo State as well as families that lost their loved ones in the carnage.”

  In solidarity with the sister state, Dr Fayemi also directed the Ekiti State Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Banji Filani, to immediately send human and medical resources to Ondo State.

  Also Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has described the attack as barbaric and condemnable.

  The governor expressed condolences to the governor of Ondo State and chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum as well as the families of the victims.

  A statement by the Special Assistant (Print Media), Moses Alao, indicated that the governor called on security agencies to bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to book.

  Similarly, the 2023 governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State and senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, Senator Teslim Folarin has condemned the atrocious terrorist attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo – the hometown of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu – and the killing of scores of worshippers.

  In a statement issued in Abuja and made available to journalists on Sunday evening, the three-term Senator said: “I deplore the heinous attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo – the hometown of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, which left scores of worshippers dead and several others injured. Clearly, the perpetrators of the cowardly act have no regard for the sanctity of human life.”

  Similarly, the Olowo of Owo Kingdom and paramount ruler of Owo land, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr) Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, has expressed sadness over the attack and killing of innocent people while worshipping at the St Francis Catholic Church along Owaluwa Street.

  Oba Ogunoye, who was deeply saddened over the unfortunate development said that the perpetrators without mincing words are enemies of the people.

  The monarch described the attack as an assault on the peace and tranquility the people of the kingdom had enjoyed over the years, saying, the government and appropriate security agencies would rise up to the occasion by making sure these heartless persons or groups were apprehended to face justice.

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