The Ondo State Catholic diocese has announced Friday, 7 June, 2022 for the mass burial of the worshippers who died in the attack launched on St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-Luwa Street, Owo, Ondo State, last week Sunday.
According to the Church, no fewer than 40 people were killed in the attack while others suffered injuries.
According to the Director of Social Communication of the Diocese, Reverend Fr Augustine Ikwu who confirmed the date for the mass burial.
“The burial would occur at the St Francis Catholic Church’s new cementary, Emure road, Owo on Friday,” he said.
He declared that the number of deaths still remained at 40.
Some of the victims injured are still receiving medical attention at the Federal Medical Center and St Louis Catholic hospital all in Owo and other hospitals in the state.
However, No arrest has been made in connection to the attack.
In the meantime, Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu has announced a 3 day mourning for the victims.
Sanwo-olu in a statement given by the State’s information and Strategy Commissioner, Mr. Gbenga Omostoso ordered that all flags should fly half-mast in honour of the victims in the southern governor’s meeting.
The governor also encouraged the residents and visitors in Lagos State to be Law abiding and careful as the government is doing all they can to ensure peace in the state.
He said, “Flags are flying at half mast in the Lagos according to the order of Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu to mourn those who died in the attack at St. Francis Catholic church Owo, Ondo State.”
The decision to mourn the victims came at a virtual meeting held on June 10 by the south-west governors. The meeting surveyed the security situation in the region. The press release given after the meeting was signed by governors Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Gboyega Oyetola (Osun); Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Seyi Makinde(Oyo); Babajide Sanwo-olu (Lagos); and Dapo Abiodun(Ogun).
The governors also condemned the horrific act committed against the Owo people and residents and the peace-loving south-west people at large.