In honour of the victims of Owo church attack, the six states in the South-West region of Nigeria have commenced a three-day mourning beginning from Monday.
This comes three days after governors in the region, in a meeting held last Friday to review the state of insecurity in the South-West, resolved to mourn the victims.
According to a communique issued after the meeting, the governors condemned the June 5 attack in Owo which claimed at least 40 lives, and scores hospitalised.
The communique read in part: ” The Governors agreed to declare a 3-day mourning period in memory of the victims of the 5th June 2022 terror attack on St Francis Catholic, Owaluwa Street, Owo, Ondo State, starting from Monday, 13th June, to Wednesday, 15th, June 2022 to symbolise our collective loss across all South Western States in Nigeria.
“The meeting agreed that all the Governors should direct the flying of Flags at Half Mast in all public buildings, facilitates and official residences across all the States in the South West in honour of the victims of the Owo terror attack,” the communique reads in part.
The Governors expressed concern over the rising wave of insecurity in the country, especially the South West, and considered measures to stem the tide of banditry, kidnapping and terror attacks in the region.
They also expressed concerns about the influx of Okada riders into all parts of the South-west, especially the state capitals.
While pledging to cooperate with federal security agencies in improving the security situation in the region, they resolved that it was time to reconvene the South-west Security Committee.
They also resolved that “Efforts be geared toward identity management of Okada riders and stringent regulation put in place for their operation.”
In line with the resolutions of the meeting, the governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has extended the mourning period in the state till Wednesday, following the initial seven days period which began last Monday.
He directed that all flags in the state be flown at half-mast for the three days period, to honour those who lost their lives to the attack.
Similarly, the Oyo State government, in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Olubamiwo Adeosun, directed that flags be flown at half-mast for three days.
Authorities in the remaining states are expected to issue a similar directive, as the governors sternly condemned the attack.