According to local lawmakers, a church in southwestern Nigeria was the target of a bloody attack on Sunday.
Attackers stormed into the Owo church and began “shooting sporadically,” according to Adeyemi Olayemi, the legislator representing the Owo constituency in the Ondo State House of Assembly.
According to Olayemi, at least 28 people were killed.
“The attackers arrived on motorcycles and began shooting sporadically,” he explained. “They murdered a large number of people inside the church.”
Victims are being transported to the Federal Medical Center in Owo, according to Olayemi.
According to CNN, state police were unable to confirm the total number of casualties at St. Francis Catholic Church, nor could they identify those responsible for the attack.
Ondo State Governor Arakunrin Akeredolu was “shocked” by the attack, which he described as a “black Sunday in Owo.”
“I am deeply saddened by the unprovoked attack and killing of innocent people of Owo, worshiping at the St. Francis Catholic Church, today,” he said on Twitter, adding that “the vile and satanic attack is a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of Owo Kingdom who have enjoyed relative peace over the years.”
The governor vowed to “commit every available resource to track down and punish these assailants.”
“We shall never bow to the machinations of heartless elements in our resolves to rid our state of criminals,” he went on to warn the public not to “take the laws into your own hands.”
“I urge our people to remain calm and vigilant. Do not take laws into your hands. I have spoken to the heads of the security agencies. I have equally been assured that security operatives would be deployed to monitor and restore normalcy to Owo kingdom,” Akeredolu wrote.
In southwestern Nigeria, lethal attacks by motorcycle gangs are uncommon. Such attacks are more common in the country’s north, which is constantly under siege from Boko Haram terrorists and marauding gunmen known locally as “bandits.”
The Owo church attack comes just one week after another church tragedy in which 31 people were killed and others were injured during a stampede at a church event in Port Harcourt, Nigeria’s southeastern city. Source: CNN