Owo Killings:Governor Akeredolu Says Death Toll Now At 40,The Massacre Is Unusual In Yoruba Land
Owo Killings: Governor Akeredolu Says Death Toll Now At 40, The Massacre Is Unusual In Yoruba Land
Ondo State Government has confirmed that 40 persons have been killed following the terrorist attack on St Francis Catholic Church on Sunday in Owo town.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the state health commissioner for Health, Dr Banji Ajaka, stated that 40 people had been confirmed dead and 127 were involved in the attack.
Ajaka said the casualty figures as of Tuesday midnight revealed that at “St. Louis Hospital, Owo, 39 people were involved and 13 deaths (confirmed)”.
He stated that “the total number of persons involved is 84, and the number of corpses in the FMC mortuary is 25; female, 17, and eight males.”
Two more people were said to have died in private hospitals, bringing the total number of fatalities to 40.
The state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, confirmed the figure while hosting a team of Catholic Bishops from the South-West, led by Archbishop Leke Abegunrin, on a condolence visit to Ondo.
Governor Akeredolu said, “What we witnessed in Owo on that Sunday, I have been looking for a word to describe it but I’m not too sure I can find one because it is indescribable. There is no word to describe it. If you say horrific, dastardly, horrendous, all those ones are common words and we use them for many things.
“But I have been looking for a better word to use because we have witnessed barbaric elements, animals in human skin. If you are human, you would not do what they have done. Maybe there are areas where they will do such a thing and they are not worried. But here, we are worried because it is not something we are used to. Human life means a lot to us.
“That is why one is moved. We will have a Memorial Park here where those who died in the attack will be buried. My Bishop sir, we will find a good place as a Memorial Park. It will also be my suggestion that even if there are people who have retrieved their family or members of their family, we must still have a symbolic grave there for them. And it will be there forever, it is not something we can forget and we should never forget it.”