Group demands extensive investigation into massacre at Owo Catholic Church


The Federal Government has been urged to look into the recent gruesome murder of some worshipers at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo in Ondo State, according to the Nigerian Institute of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV).

It also exhorted the security agencies to look into the incident, find the culprits, and bring them to justice.

This was stated on Tuesday during a press conference in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, as part of the 52nd annual national conference with the theme “Cities of the Future: Development, Infrastructure and Sustainability.”

Wike expressed his condolences to the families who had lost loved ones and property due to various forms of violence and denounced the country’s growing insecurity.

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“While we are thankful to God for this chance to come together and share with one another, we cannot afford to ignore the current state of our nation,” he continued. Our hearts go out to the families who have lost loved ones and possessions due to the rising number of violent crimes across the nation.

We express our deepest sympathies to His Excellency Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, the Executive Governor, and the people of Ondo State for the heinous murder of innocent worshipers on Sunday, June 5, 2022, during mass at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.

“We vehemently condemn the heinous and senseless attack and call on the Government and security agencies to painstakingly look into the vile incident in order to identify and swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice.

“It is impossible to overstate the effects of the current state of insecurity on business operations. Business investments, including real estate, are impacted when there is general insecurity.

“We demand a critical and strategic re-examination of the security architecture with a view to carrying out a comprehensive overhaul of the same,” the group said, while praising the government for its efforts to address the security challenge.

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The need for all Nigerians to reduce the palpable tension in the polity as a result of the security challenges, according to Wike, is necessary as governments continue their efforts to restore peace and security.

“I appeal to all Nigerians to continue supporting our security agencies as they work to protect us,” he said in his own words. We should at least offer them our unwavering support.

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