Owo — The Minister of the Federal Ministry of Inside of Nigeria Rauf Aregbesola has linked the Islamic State in West Africa (Iswap) group to the Sunday June 5 assault on the Catholic parish of St Francis within the city of Owo which left at the least 40 useless and round 60 injured.
Chatting with the press on Thursday June 9 alongside Inspector-Basic of Police, Alkali Baba Usman on the finish of Nationwide Safety Council Assembly presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari the minister confirmed having been capable of find results in the perpetrators of “this tragic and heinous assault”.
“The Council is kind of involved concerning the violent assault in Owo, Ondo State. We now have been capable of find the imprints of the perpetrators of that assault and kind all indications, we’re zeroing in on the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP).”
“It’s not an ethno-religious factor. The ISWAP members wanting consideration and recognition are suspected to have carried out that assault and we have now directed all of the companies involved to go after them and produce them to justice,” he mentioned asking the police to hurry up arrests.
Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, chairman of the U.S. Convention of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Worldwide Justice and Peace despatched a letter of solidarity to the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Convention of Nigeria the place he reiterated his solidarity with the Church in Nigeria amidst the unabated violence besetting Nigerians and the Church notably. He additionally acknowledged his hope that these chargeable for these acts are dropped at swift justice.
“Nigeria has sadly grow to be all too aware of such rising violence. Along with the horrible lack of life, this assault is a disturbing growth because it occurred within the far south of Nigeria the place such bloodshed heretofore has been largely unknown. Simply three weeks earlier, a younger Christian scholar was accused by fellow college students of blasphemy and brutally murdered. When police arrested two suspects, riots broke out directed at a number of Church buildings.
“The U.S. bishops’ Committee on Worldwide Justice and Peace has supported the Church in Nigeria for a few years in its effort to cease terrorist assaults by Boko Haram and armed teams, to construct peace between herders and farmers, and to make sure credible and clear elections. Bishops on our committee have visited Nigeria and have obtained their Church leaders in Washington. We be a part of our Holy Father, Pope Francis in commending the souls of the useless to the loving mercy of God and imploring ‘divine therapeutic and comfort’ upon those that are grieving. The committee stays prayerfully decided as ever to help our brothers and sisters of the Church in Nigeria.”