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General News of Monday, 6 June 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Iganga, Owo, Lekki Massacres: Five times the South suffered senseless killings

St Francis Catholic Church in Owo - Ondo State St Francis Catholic Church in Owo - Ondo State

Different governments have failed to tackle the menace of insurgency in Nigeria. Be it a president from the North or South, the failure of our leaders to halt the killer machines has resulted in the unwarranted death of many people.

Millions worth of properties has been lost while the safety of the citizenry has been left to the weak malnourished security service.

Since the dawn of Boko Haram in early 2009, acts of terrorism have become the norm nationwide. These attacks gave the needed impetus to other groups who either to laid low. To date, every region in Nigeria is suffering a kind of terror.

Read more: MURIC believes Boko Haram behind Owo massacre; says more churches, mosques will be attacked

The recent killings of some 50 persons at the St Francis Catholic Church in Owo - Ondo State is a clear signal that the act is gradually rearing its head in the Southwest. While many have condemned it, others believe it is a sign of war.

Their ultimate goal is clear - to destabilize the country and government of the day.

Off the back of the dastardly act in Ondo, MyNigeria takes a look back at the gruesome killings that have hit the region

Iganga Killing

On Saturday, June 5, 2021, some gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen invaded Iganga, one of the towns in the Ibarapa North local government area. According to the reports, 11 residents were killed during the invasion.

The palace of the traditional ruler of the town, a petroleum station, vehicles, and other property were razed during the raid.

The Commissioner of Police said armed bandits in their numbers invaded Igangan Community in the dead of the night to unleash mayhem on unsuspecting members therein.

Deeper Life Bible Church Shooting

On August 7, 2011, 19 people including the pastor of the Deeper Life Bible church in Okene, Kogi State were killed by some gunmen.

According to the reports, three men armed with AK-47 assault rifles, entered the church as a Bible study session was about to begin. One of the men switched off the generator that provided lighting in the church. The other two men then fired into the darkness with their assault rifles.

Fifteen people were killed outright and four more died later from their wounds.

Owo Killings

50 people including children were amongst the dead as gunmen attacked the St Francis Catholic Church in Owo - Ondo State on Sunday, June 5.

The attack reportedly happened at the St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, in Owo Local Government Area.

It was gathered that the church where the incident occurred is behind Olowo of Owo palace.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, said the command was yet to ascertain the cause of the incident.

“The CP (Commissioner of Police) is on his way to the scene to ascertain the cause of the incident. We have been hearing so many things about it but I will get back to you,” Punch reported.

Lekki Massacre

The killing of defenseless Nigerians at the Lekki tollgate on October 20, 2020 remains fresh in the mind of Nigerians.

After several denials, a judicial panel of inquiry set up by the Lagos State government revealed in its findings that men of the Nigerian army shot and killed Nigerians who were protesting against the extra-judicial killing of Nigerians by the now-defunct police unit, SARS.

The findings of the panel revealed these Nigerians were killed without provocation or justification, while they were waving the Nigerian Flag and singing the Nationa Anthem”.

The panel through its investigation over the past year found that officers of the Nigeria Police Force deployed on the night of the unfortunate incident “shot at, assaulted and battered unarmed protesters, which led to injuries and deaths,” thus aiding the army in the commission of a massacre on unarmed civilians.

Pro-Biafra Protesters

The 2015–2016 Killing of Biafran Protesters refers to the killing of demonstrators demanding the restoration of the sovereignty of the Republic of Biafra by Nigerian security forces, especially the Nigerian army, across the southeastern parts of Nigeria.

The demonstrations are spearheaded by several secessionist groups. In addition, residents of the above-mentioned region have often been subjected to conditions synonymous with those obtainable in a Police State.

The South-East Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations (SBCHROs) estimates that about 80 members of the pro-Biafra group the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and their supporters have been killed by Nigerian security operatives under the directive of the Nigerian government between August 30, 2015 and February 9, 2016.

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