Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has again disagreed with the Federal Government over who should be blamed for the killing of worshipers in Owo, Ondo State.
On June 5th, gunmen attacked St. francis Catholic Church, killing several worshippers and injuring many others, an attack which the federal government blamed on the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Speaking in a television interview, Akeredolu says he still has reservations about the claim that ISWAP was responsible for the massacre.
The governor maintained that he doesn’t agree with the federal government and security agencies that ISWAP was solely responsible for the attack in Owo adding that the group would have claimed the attack if it was responsible for it.
He said,“I reacted to that almost immediately because I asked what evidence they have.”
“It is important to let us know because the security agencies were too quick to jump to the conclusion that it was done by ISWAP.
“But whatever it is, we stand by the position that it’s a trilogy that is operating in our forests and causing havoc. We just have Fulani herdsmen right in front, followed by these bandits, and again ISWAP; so, the three of them work together and they work separately.”
Meanwhile, Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti, had also said the federal government’s claim is “purely speculative”, and no substantial evidence links the group to the attack on the church.