Terrorism

Owo Church Massacre: CAN Condemns Killings, Calls For Total Overhaul Of Security 

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the killing of worshipers at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, calling on the Federal Government to overhaul the security architecture of the country.

Stonix News had reported that gunmen had stormed the church on Sunday, killing over 50 worshipers, while several others sustained gunshot injuries.

CAN in a statement issued by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, Media Assistant to the CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle, described the development as ‘outrageous.’

“The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the unprovoked attacks and killing of several innocent worshippers at the St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-Luwa Street, Owo, and called on the security agencies to apprehend the perpetrators of the dastardly criminality.

“This is sad, wrong, condemnable, outrageous, unacceptable, and satanic.

“There is no explanation for this unprovoked attack and assault on a place of worship. This is raw persecution.

“These people are possessed, and demonic and are not working for the good of the country.

“May God descend heavily on them and fight the mindless agents of Satan from their roots in Jesus’ name,” CAN prayed.

The Christian umbrella body, therefore, called for a total overhaul of the security architecture, admonishing President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the recycling of criminals and terrorists in the name of a de-radicalising programme.

”If the programme is not counterproductive, how come the criminality is always on the increase and nowhere is safe again?” it asked.

CAN also condoled with the families of the victims, the Catholic Church and the government and people of Ondo State over the incident.

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