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Gunmen attacked St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, killing scores of worshippers on Sunday morning.

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has described the attack as a vile and satanic attack.

In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, the Governor said the State will never bow to the machinations of criminal elements.

“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.

“This is an unexpected development. I am shocked, to say the least. Nevertheless, We shall commit every available resource to hunt down these assailants and make them pay. We shall never bow to the machinations of heartless elements in our resolves to rid our state of criminals.

“I commiserate with my people in Owo, particularly families of the those who lost their lives to this ugly and unfortunate attack. I extend my condolences to Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ogunoye as well as the Catholic Church,” he said.

The Governor also encouraged the public not to take laws into their hands as security operatives would be deployed to monitor and restore normalcy to Owo kingdom.

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