Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has again disagreed with the Federal Government’s position on the killings at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State.
The Federal Government had said that the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) was responsible for the attack.
But speaking when he featured on a Channels Television programme on Monday, Akeredolu described the opinion as too hasty.
The governor said, “The statement by the Federal Government is too hasty. I take their conclusion with a pinch of salt. ISWAP doesn’t hide its attack. If they have done it, they would have owned up. We are yet to know their identity and our security people are still on their trail.
“I reacted to that almost immediately because I asked what evidence they have, the governor. It is important to let us know because the security agencies were too quick to jump to the conclusion that it was done by ISWAP.
“But whatever it is, we stand by the position that it’s a trilogy that is operating in our forests and causing havoc. We just have herdsmen right in front, followed by these bandits, and again ISWAP; so, the three of them work together and they work separately.”
Recall that on Sunday June 5, over 40 worshippers were killed and many injured when terrorists opened fire at the church after bombing it.