Criminals Are Attacking Soft Targets – Aregbesola Reacts To Owo Massacre

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Rauf Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior, has emphasized that the Federal Government will not be deterred in its attempts to maintain appropriate protection for citizens’ lives and property.

In the aftermath of the attack and massacre of worshipers at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, by yet-to-be identified gunmen on Sunday, Aregbesola made this known during a visit to Owo on Monday.

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The Minister, who called the death of the worshipers as “devastating, senseless, and an effort to start ethnic strife” during his visit, stated that the incident was carried out to lower the government’s and Owo community’s morale.

He pointed out that the crooks were focusing on soft targets since they were vulnerable.

While commiserating with the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin III, on the attack, he urged traditional institutions and law enforcement agencies to work together to apprehend the fleeing culprits.

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At the church, Aregbesola expressed concern to the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Andrew Abayomi, that the attack occurred in a region of the country known for its peace and quiet.

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While stating that the security of Nigerians’ lives and property remained the government’s top priority, Aregbesola noted that the government was doing everything necessary to make the country secure and peaceful.

He stated that the Federal Government was appalled by the attack and that no stone would be left unturned in determining the source of it.

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“We must remain unflappable and unstoppable.” We should not allow our adversaries to rejoice over us. The onslaught was designed to lower our spirits and engulf us in gloom and darkness.

“We have to make a great comeback.” However, we must rise to defend our homeland and assume our historic role as leaders of the black race in achieving its goals.”

The Minister came to a conclusion.

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