Suspected Owo church attackers arrested — CDS

Chief of defence staff Leo Irabor

Authorities have arrested some suspects linked to the terror attack on Saint Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.

Chief of defence staff General Lucky Irabor announced this on Tuesday during a parley with executives and editors of media organisations in Nigeria.

According to Irabor, the attackers were arrested during joint operations involving the Armed Forces, the Department of Security Services (DSS) and the police.

No less than 40 people were killed when gunmen opened fire on the Owo church congregation on June 5.

Irabor said the suspects would be paraded at the end of investigation.

He said, “Within the last time we met, we have recorded remarkable achievement. Let me bring it to your notice that within the same period, there have been ignoble actions of men of the underworld that have impinged on our collective well-being, namely the unfortunate train attack, the attack on Kuje correctional center as well as what has been reported in the past the attack on the presidential convoy.

“Also, the Owo incident which was intended to bring men and women of the armed forces to present them in a form and shape that make it to look as if the nation is on a siege. We have arrested those behind the dastardly act in Owo.

“It was my intention to present them to the public, but because of the investigation still going on, I had to change my mind. I will like to say that in due course, the world will see them and others who are behind other daring attacks in the country.”