Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Owo Attack: Survivors Groan, Families Of Victims Relive Sad Experiences, One Year After

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Families of the victims murdered, a year ago, by terrorists at the St. Francis Catholic Church, in Owo, Ondo State, have continued to recount their sad ordeals and experiences.

It will be recalled that no fewer than 41 worshippers, including children and the aged, were murdered during a morning mass by the terrorists.

The killers also threw dynamite inside the church, aside from shooting the worshippers at close range, on June 5, 2022.
While many victims were severely injured, others are still nursing their wounds and shuttling between their homes and specialist hospitals.

Speaking with newsmen, a year after the sad incident, a trader, Monogbe Rita, who lost her husband and two sisters-in-law, said the incident would remain indelible in her memory.

The mother of five said: “I won’t forget this bad incident because I lost my husband, a police officer, Monogbe John, and two sisters-in-law, Monogbe Omolola, Testimony John, and one of my sons, who is alive but sustained head injury.

“Immediately people started running inside, I saw some hefty men clad in black, so I ran back. After the consistent gunshots, my husband, who was a police officer and the churchwarden left the middle of church to find out what was happening.

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“On his way to peep through the window so as to check what really went wrong outside, he was gunned down and his sister, who was following him as well as cautioning him not to peep, was also shot dead.

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“My daughter, who was trailing his dad before he was eventually shot alongside his sister, ran back for her life but he was given a hot chase by one of the attackers, and the gunman pursuing her shot her. The bullet slightly hit her on the head and she managed to roll under a car parked on the premises.

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