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Terrorists Who Attacked Owo Catholic Church Arrested: DHQ

Defense Headquarters (DHQ) said security forces have arrested some of the terrorists who carried out the  June 5 attack on Saint Francis Catholic Church, Owo in Ondo state.

They were arrested in a joint operation by security troops and other security agencies.

Chief of defence staff, General Lucky Irabor, who announced this at a meeting with editors and media executives at the defence headquarters in Abuja, said those arrested were members of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP).

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Irabor named those arrested as Idris Omeiza, Momoh Abubakar, Aliyu Ilopa, and Awwal Onimusi, most of which were arrested in Kogi state

The military chief however said they will not be paraded until the conclusion of the ongoing investigations.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, confirming the arrest, said he was happy that General Irabor made public the terrorists, adding that his administration had been delaying the announcement of the arrest.

The governor said those arrested were five and they were rounded up last week while security forces were tracking others.

The terrorists during the June 5, 2022 attack on the catholic church during a Sunday service, killed 40 worshipers and injured 74 others.

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