Owo Massacre: How sporadic gunshots kept us locked up for more than 20 minutes - Priest

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Rev Father Andrew Abayomi, a Catholic Priest present at St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-Iowa Street, Owo, Ondo State, has offered an eyewitness account of the attack that claimed the lives of many attendees.

In an interview with BBC Yoruba, the cleric stated the incident happened just as the ceremony was about to close.

He said that gunshots from several directions prompted them to shut the church for more than 20 minutes till the assailants had fled.

"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.

"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."

Meanwhile, Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has reacted to the terror assault by vowing to track down the perpetrators and make them pay.

"I am deeply saddened by the unprovoked attack and killing of innocent people of Owo, worshipping at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Today.

The vile & satanic attack is a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of the Owo Kingdom who have enjoyed relative peace over the years," he said in part.

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