Ondo church attack: Catholic priest, Abayomi narrates how it happened


Ondo church attack: Rev Father Andrew Abayomi, one of the priests at St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo, Ondo State, has narrated how the church was…

Recall that not less than 25 worshippers were killed by herdsmen who attacked a Catholic church in Owo.

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A top official of the Catholic church in Ondo State put the number of those killed at 25.

It was gathered that many worshippers died and several others were injured in what looked like a bomb attack on the church.


In an interview with BBC Yoruba, the cleric said suspected terrorists struck as the day’s service was about to end.

Rev. Abayomi said, “We were about to round off service. I had even asked people to start leaving, that was how we started hearing gunshots from different angles.”

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“We hid inside the church but some people had left when the attack happened. We locked ourselves in the church for 20 minutes. When we heard that they had left, we opened the church and rushed victims to the hospital.”

According to him, the attack was “vile and satanic”, adding that it was a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of the Owo Kingdom who had enjoyed relative peace over the years.

Narrating further, he said, “It is a black Sunday in Owo. Our hearts are heavy. Our peace and tranquility have been attacked by the enemies of the people. This is a personal loss, an attack on our dear state. I have spoken to the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo, Most Reverend Jude Arogundade, who is presently on his way to Owo. Similarly, I have had to cut short my party’s national assignment in Abuja and visit Owo immediately.”

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