Olowo of Owo denies saying church attackers arrested

St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo Ondo after gunmen attack

Olowo of Owo Oba Ajibade Ogunoye has debunked reports quoting him as saying the attackers of a church in the town have been arrested and taken to his palace.

No less than 40 persons were killed when gunmen stormed St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo on Sunday, June 5.

A video of the monarch appearing to say the attackers have been arrested has since gone viral. Reports circulated on social media said the suspects were arrested on Thursday by a joint team of soldiers, Amotekun Corps and other security agencies as well as the local hunters.

But the monarch said he told the people that besieged the palace in Owo dialect that the attackers would soon be arrested.

“They said some people were arrested in the bush by the security but said they were not sure that the suspects were the ones that carried out the attack,” he told PUNCH.

“The report was not true. People have been trooping to the palace to see them but Olowo has addressed them that no suspect was brought to the palace.”

Ondo police spokesperson Funmilayo Odunlami also said reports alleging the suspects’ arrest were false.