We were locked in the church for over 20 minutes – Priest narrates ordeal on Ondo Terror attack where many worshippers were killed

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A Catholic Priest identified as Rev Father Andrew Abayomi, who was present at St Francis Catholic Church, Owa-luwa Street, Owo, Ondo State, has shared an eyewitness account of the attack which led to the death of many worshippers at the church.

The clergyman in an interview with BBC Yoruba, said the attack occurred as the service was about to end.

He revealed that the gunshot which came from different corners, pushed them into locking the church for over 20 minutes till the gunmen left.

In his words;

“We were about to round off service. I had even asked people to start leaving, that was how we started hearing gunshots from different angles.

“We hid inside the church but some people had left when the attack happened. We locked ourselves in the church for 20 minutes. When we heard that they had left, we opened the church and rushed victims to the hospital.”

Meanwhile, the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has reacted to the terror attack and he vowed to hunt down the assailants and make them pay.

“I am deeply saddened by the unprovoked attack and killing of innocent people of Owo, worshiping at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Today.

The vile & satanic attack is a calculated assault on the peace-loving people of Owo Kingdom who have enjoyed relative peace over the years,” he said in part.