This Thursday, four days after the devastating attack on the congregants of St Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, the National Security Council has declared that the Islamic State, West African Province (ISWAP) was behind the attacks that caused upwards of 40 confirmed casualties. Speaking to State House correspondents, Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola, confirmed this, and according to him, the national security agencies are hot on the trail of perpetrators.

A major point of concern for the security agencies in Nigeria, he continued, is the increase and continuation of blasphemy linked ‘honour killing of apostates’ throughout the country, and has therefore directed security agents to focus on these killings, including ones that have happened recently in other Nigerian States. The inspector general of Police, Usman Akali Baba has confirmed that the fingerprints of those responsible have been taken, and they have been identified, and now security forces are on the hunt for them. Govenor Rotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday, gave an update on the victim number, when he met with Catholic bishops of the south west. “The figure I have now shows that 127 persons were involved and that the number of death now is 40. On admission receiving treatment, we have 61. Twenty six have been discharged. Those are the figures we have now from the Commissioner of Health”


Kaduna Government Confirms Killing Of 32, Debunks Report Of Aerial Attack By Terrorists

In Kaduna state, an attack by bandits has left at least 45 people dead at the last count.

On Sunday, 5 June, gunmen descended on various communities within the Kajuru Local Government Area. Multiple homes and a church were destroyed in the gunfire. The attackers initially attacked Dogon Noma, killing several men, and then continued on to Ungwan Gamu and Maikori villages where they continued on their rampage and killed other civilians and burnt down houses. Most of the victim have already been laid to rest in the Muslim majority area. Gambo Mohamed, a local journalist, recounted how armed attackers numbering at least 100 attacked the villages almost one after the other, firing indiscriminately at any and everything they thought they could kill. In conflicting reports, some people say they saw the attackers also in a helicopter engaging in an aerial assault, however, authorities have confirmed that it was the military trying to locate the attackers by air. According to Mr. Aweni Dio Maisamari, national president of the Adara Department Association, of the Kajuru people, there was a confusion with the appearance of the helicopter. “…But in the process of the counter attack, a white helicopter appeared and the people thought it was from the Nigerian Air Force. But to their surprise, the helicopter started shelling the communities with mounted guns and grenades, forcing the youths (who were trying to repel the attackers on the ground) who were armed with locally made dane guns, bows and arrows to flee. Meanwhile, the ground terrorist were moving from village to village under the cover of the helicopter, killing people in their numbers, burning down houses, farmlands and livestock. They operated for six good hours and the security agencies were nowhere to be found. As at this morning, the death toll has risen to 45 while more than 120 people have been injured. The communities are now like ghost towns as almost everyone had fled the communities.”






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