Three days after the gruesome attack on worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, gunmen have reportedly killed at least other six persons in a fresh attack in the state.
According to PUNCH NG, the attack happened at Sabo, Ondo town, on Wednesday night after the gunmen entered the city on motorcycles.
Meanwhile, the PPRO of Ondo state, SP Odunlami Funmilayo, debunked the claims of a gunmen attack in a press statement made available to FIJ on Thursday. She said it was a robbery attack.
“The attention of the Ondo State Police Command has been drawn to a fake news being peddled by some mischief makers to cause panic, tension and strife in the state,” the statement reads.
“The command wishes to state clearly that there was no reprisal attack on the Hausa Community at Sabo area in Ondo town or any part of the state as purported by these war mongers.
”On Tuesday, 7th of June, 2022, there was an attempted robbery on a J5 vehicle with plate no MKA – 469 YJ carrying onions and potatoes coming from Zaria enroute Ore. [It] had a stop over at Ondo town and was attacked by men of the underworld around 0110hrs.
”In the cause of this attempt, the robbers shot the driver, while the motor boy escaped with a bullet injury. A motorcyclist alongside the pillion and a passerby were also hit by stray bullets.
“It is however disheartening that this peddlers who are out to achieve no good did not confirm the story before spreading this falsehood as the victims involved in this failed robbery are from Yoruba, Igbo and northern extraction.
“Investigation has since commenced and effort is ongoing to arrest the assailants.”
FIJ had earlier reported how gunmen in military camouflages invaded a Catholic Church in the state on Sunday, killing dozens of worshippers.
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