The number of casualties in the morning attack on Saint Francis Church in Owo, Ondo State is said to have risen to 55 this evening.
At about 11:30am today, while the Church service was going on, some armed men suspected to be Fulanis invaded the church and attacked worshippers of the church Several lives were lost and some sustained varying degrees of injuries.
Ondo State police command, said, preliminary investigation revealed that the assailants approached the church during the service, and started shooting from outside the church while others numbering about four shot directly into the church.
Spokesperson of Ondo Stars Police Command SP Odunkami Funmikayo said in a statement, that the Commissioner of Police CP Oyeyemi Oyediran has commiserated with the church, family of the deceased, the people of Owo and Ondo State Government, and has ordered immediate deployment of armed and specialized policemen to the area to restore normalcy and fortify the entire community.
Meanwhile, the CP has equally ordered Forensic Investigation into the attack to ascertain the actual or remote cause(s) of the attack and for immediate arrest of the assailants as all hands are on deck to forestall any similar attack in any part of the state.
SP Funmilayo, failed to give actual figure of casualty.
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