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National Security Council Blames ISWAP For Owo Attack



The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has revealed the attackers of St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, that led to the death of about 38 persons on June 5.

Aregbesola, who briefed State House Correspondents on the report of the National security Council after a meeting in Abuja, said the Islamic State, West African Province is responsible for the Ondo State attack.

The former governor said the attack has no ethnic-religious connection, affirming that the group’s activity has nothing to do with religion and assured that security agencies, particularly the police, have been directed to apprehend the perpetrators.

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He also added that the council is concerned about killings in the name of blasphemy and has directed the security agencies to go after perpetrators of the incidents that occurred in Sokoto State and Abuja recently.

Similarly, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba equally noted the imprints of the perpetrators of the Owo killings have been identified and although no arrests have been made, security agencies are now zeroing in on them.

The meeting, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, was held less than a week after scores of persons were killed in the attack and several others wounded.

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