Owo massacre: No priest was kidnapped- Catholic Church
The Ondo Diocese of the Catholic Church has denied media reports claiming one of its priests was kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be bandit during the mass at at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo today June 5th.
Naijapalaba.com earlier reported: Breaking: 50 worshippers k#lled as terrorist attack Catholic church during service in Ondo (video)
It was earlier reported that the officiating priest, Rev. Fr. Andrew Abayomi, was abducted in the incident which happened at about noon when the mass had almost ended.
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However, in a statement issued by the Director of Social Communications of the church, Rev Augustine Ikwu, the church said the online report of the preists’ abduction is false.
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The statement reads
“It is Pentecost Sunday, a time every Catholic is expected to be in church to commemorate the solemnity. It is so sad to say that while the Holy Mass was going on, men of unknown origin, wielding guns attacked St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Many are feared dead, many others injured and the church violated. The identity of the perpetrators remains unknown and the situation has left the community devastated.
However, for now, security agencies have been deployed to the community to relatively handle the situation. At this point in the history of our dear country Nigeria, we need God’s ultimate intervention to restore peace and tranquility.
Meanwhile, all the priests in the parish are safe and none was kidnapped as the social media has it. The Bishop of the Diocese is also with them at this trying time. Let us continue to pray for them and the good people of Owo and the state at large.”