Fayemi slams FG’s claims of ISWAP involvement in Odo church attacks

Fayemi slams FG’s claims of ISWAP involvement in Odo church attacks

Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has described the claims linking the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) to the church attack in Owo as mere speculation.

Specifically, he stressed that no evidence has confirmed that the terrorists were responsible for the attack.

Equally important, 1st News reports that the incident claimed many lives and left several others injured.

“I am not going to go into any speculation,” Fayemi said on Monday, June 13, 2022. He was speaking in response to a question regarding the position of the Federal Government on the matter.

Correspondingly, Fayemi spoke during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

“As far as I’m concerned, the statement that ISWAP or Boko Haram; or whatever other institutions are responsible for this (attack) is purely speculative at this stage. I haven’t seen any evidence that concretely puts this in the corner of any of these rogue elements that we have.

“And really it doesn’t – at this stage – matter. They have committed this crime. They have demonstrated the capacity to cause maximum damage to our people.”

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At least 40 people were killed and many injured when gunmen opened fire on worshippers at St Francis Catholic Church in Owo; the headquarters of Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Subsequently, the incident sparked widespread condemnation; with various individuals and groups calling on the government to ensure the assailants were arrested and brought to justice.

But amid controversy over who was responsible for the incident; the Federal Government linked the killings to the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP).

Fayemi, who doubles as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), believes the position of the Federal Government is speculation.

According to him, governors, as the chief security officers of their states, are privy to all manners of intelligence. However, he added that not all of them are actionable.

Also, he explained that they have a responsibility to pass such intelligence to the relevant institutions who are expected to take necessary actions.

“I don’t want us to jump the gun as far as this is concerned….That is why I am not going to go into any detail as to what intelligence we had and at what point we had it,” Governor Fayemi said.

“Our duty as security officers is to ensure that this does not occur again….We go after elements of this nature, whichever organisation they may represent within our domains.”

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