Nigeria: Funeral Mass for the victims of the Owo Church attack

He is among those who pay tribute to the 40 who died Laide Ajanaku whose parents, John Adesina Ajanaku, 67, and mother Olabimpe Susanna, 64, were killed when a group of armed men stormed the flock during Pentecost at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ovo, southwestern Nigeria.

There is a discrepancy in the figures provided to the media by the authorities, as local MP Adeyami Olayemi told CNN that nearly 50 people died in the shooting after the attackers entered on motorcycles.

Ajanaku told CNN that she counted 39 photos in a book of honor created for the victims of the funeral service.

A list of the injured also shows that 74 people were treated in hospital for “varying degrees of injuries”, according to the booklet.

“There are 31 with photos and 8 empty slots for some of the victims,” ​​she told CNN.

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“Some Igbo people carried their dead back to the southeast. I’m still not sure how many died,” she said.

Ajanaku added that the priest paid tribute to the victims, including 2-year-olds and 65-year-olds.

Lyde described the mood as “gloomy” in the crowded hall, adding that some frantic relatives were rolling on the ground and some were crying in the hall.

Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and former Olusegun Governor Mimiko were among the high-ranking liturgists.
After the shooting, Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims who were “painfully attacked during the celebration,” a Vatican statement said.

Deadly attacks from gangs for riding motorcycles are rare in southwestern Nigeria. Such attacks are more widespread in parts of the northern part of the country, which is constantly besieged by Boko Haram terrorists and marauding gunmen known locally as “bandits.”
The attack on the church in Ovo happened after another church tragedy, when 31 people were killed and others injured in a collision at a church event in the southeastern Nigerian city of Port Harcourt.

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