21/06/22 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Mourners gathered at the morgue on a hot summer morning last Friday, June 17. They gathered to commemorate family and friends lost in the June 5 attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, which killed more than fifty people and injured many more. .
An ICC staff member was at the morgue and counted forty-nine groves ready for the mass funeral service held at MYDAS Resort and Hotel in Owo, Ondo State. “Five other dead were buried immediately after the attack,” said Samuel Ijeom, a parishioner at St. Francis Church in Owo City.
“Seventy-four people were injured, receiving medical treatment in hospital,” said the Ondo State Governor, who attended the mass funeral service with his wife and members of his executive cabinet. He cried saying “the government has failed to protect them.”
No one was arrested after the attack. The governor said the police had failed the local population and claimed the attackers were supported by anonymous individuals across the country.
The federal government, in a statement, said the Islamic State West Africa Province was responsible for carrying out the attack, but residents told the ICC that the attackers were all locals. Fulani militants who lived in the forests.
The Christian Association of Nigeria condemned the killing and said it was shocked and disappointed by the breakdown of security in the country, which has led to the disturbing massacre of Christians across the country.
Among those killed in the attack were women, children and the elderly. All were Christians, as the attack occurred during Catholic mass. ICC visited a man who lost his father and mother in the attack. The son was unable to speak to ICC, saying he had said everything he needed to say to God in prayer.
Away from Ondo state in the southwest and the mass burials there, Fulani militants killed five Christians in the Ogbede-Mgbuji Eha-Amufu community in the government area local from Isi-Uzo, Enugu State. Residents said the militants repeatedly raped Christian girls and chased fourteen people from their farms. Three thousand people apparently now displaced. ICC will visit the community shortly for more details.
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