No suspect has been arrested six days after 40 worshippers were killed by terrorists at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo state last Sunday.
The Ondo state Police Public Relations Officer, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami, clarified this on Friday to dispel social media reports that some suspects have been arrested in connection with the killings.
Odunlami simply said no suspect has been arrested in connection with the attack.
She said, “There is nothing like that. We have called the police divisions there, they said there was nothing like that. We have called the Kabiyesi, Olowo of Owo, he said he was not aware of any arrest. So, it is the handiwork of some social media but it is just rumour.”
The Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye, equally corroborated the state police spokesman just as he denied saying suspects were arrested and taken to the palace.
He said what he told people who stormed the palace, in Owo dialect, was that the attackers would soon be arrested.
Oba Ogunoye said, “they said some people were arrested in the bush by the security but said they were not sure that the suspects were the ones that carried out the attack.
“The report was not true; people have been trooping to the palace to see them but Olowo has addressed them that no suspect was brought to the palace,” he explained.
It was posted on an unidentified social media that the suspected terrorists were arrested by a team of the Nigerian Army, Amotekun Corps and other security agencies as well as the local hunters, on Thursday.
The report said the suspects were taken to the palace of Olowo. It was gathered that when people heard about the news, they started besieging the palace to catch the glimpse of the suspects.