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Regional News of Tuesday, 7 June 2022


Owo massacre is an attempt to ignite ethnic war - Aregbesola

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has said the Federal Government will not relax on its goal to ensure the adequate security of the lives and property of Nigerians.

Aregbesola made the disclosure on Monday, June 6 when he paid a visit to Owo, the scene of the recent killings of worshipers at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church by some yet to be identified gunmen on Sunday, June 5.

The Minister described the killing as senseless, devastating an attempt to ignite ethnic war while adding that it was also a move to dampen the morale of the government and the Owo community.

He added that the criminals are going after soft targets because they had been weakened.

While commiserating with the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin III on the attack, he called for collaborative efforts between traditional institutions and law enforcement agencies in arresting the fleeing criminals.

At the premises of the church, Aregbesola told the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Andrew Abayomi, that it was worrisome that the attack occurred in the South-West that has a measure of peace and tranquility, Daily Post reports.

Aregbesola, while explaining that the security of lives and property of Nigerians remainded the number one agenda of the government, added that the government was doing everything possible to make the nation secured and peaceful.

He said the Federal Government was outraged by the attack and will leave no stone unturned in getting to the root of it.

“We must remain irrepressible and undeterred. We should not give the enemies the benefit of rejoicing over us. The attack was meant to dampen our morale and plunge us to gloom and darkness.

“We must bounce back big time. But we should rise to defend our land and take our historic position in leading the black race to fulfilling its destiny,” the Minister concluded.