Insecurity: Pastor pulls up to church with his gun in Ilorin, Kwara State

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The insecurity in Nigeria has caused fear in heart of many including men of God as a pastor has pulled up to church with his gun, in Ilorin, Kwara state.

Recall that SleekGist reported that last week gunmen stormed a Catholic church in Owo, Ondo state and killed over 40 worshippers.

In reaction, many have become afraid to go to church to worship. Hence the reason this clergy took a gun to church to protect his congregation.

According to the pastor who proudly showed off his gun, he got the deadly weapon in 1994 and has license for it.

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Meanwhile Ondo State Police command has denied knowledge of the arrest of the suspected perpetrators of the last Sunday attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo where 44 people were killed and 87 severely injured.

Although there are speculations that some of the suspected perpetrators of the attack were arrested by local vigilantes in Owo, the police dispelled the speculations.

In a video which has gone viral on the social media, the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye was seen addressing his subjects and assured that the perpetrators would be brought to book.

However, there are background noise in the video which suggested that the perpetrators of the Sunday church attack have been arrested.

It was gathered that residents of Owo had besieged the palace of the Olowo of Owo to demand for justice over the killing of their people.

The news of the rumoured arrest filtered in and residents who have been mourning the death of their loved ones to the heinous crime besieged the palace to catch a glimpse of bandits at the palace.

Addressing the crowd in owo dialect, oba ogunoye asked them to remain calm, saying he heard the same unconfirmed news just like the residents heard that the assailants had been arrested.

Our correspondent however contacted the Police Public Relations, Mrs Funmilayo Odunlami to confirm the arrest and she simply replied: “I’m not aware.”

A source within the palace of Olowo however told our correspondent that the information was only a rumour as there was nothing of such.

The source who didn’t want his name mentioned said: “it was only a rumour. The youths besieged the palace in their thousands when the rumour broke out, but it was discovered to be false alarm.

“Kabiyesi was only trying to hail their doggedness as he told them that “I heard the rumour as well” and enjoined them to be calm.

However, an unconfirmed source hinted that some Fulani/Hausa youths who were in possession of dangerous weapon were arrested along Owo-Benin road.

The Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Chief Gani Adams, has said that the gunmen who killed scores in St.Francis Catholic Church , Owo, Ondo State, set up camp in a mystery forest and were being taken care of by food provided by a helicopter.

Adams uncovered that the South-West Security Stakeholders Group (SSSG) had five weeks prior raised the caution that terrorists had attacked the South-West, yet the South-West governor overlooked it.

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Adams made the disclosure on Friday in his reaction to the St. Francis Catholic Church massacre, Owo, according to Nigerian Tribune.

According to him, he also suspected that the heinous attack was carried out by an international organisation as “It was a highly coordinated attack.”

He said, “Well, I suspect it was an attack by an international organization. It was a highly coordinated attack.

“This is the first time we are witnessing this type of attack in Yoruba land. We have seen different attacks perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen, however, the Owo Church attack sounded unusual.

“The information at our disposal indicated that the attackers were about seven in number and they came with explosives that were allegedly planted under the Alter of the church.

“And immediately the bomb exploded, it was a horror as worshippers were scampering for their lives and at the same time, the attackers were shooting sporadically.

“So far, according to the state government, 38 people were killed while about 64 others were still at the hospital. We pray not to have more casualties.

“This attack is highly condemnable. Any right-thinking person will condemn it totally.

“However, on the Owo Church attack, the SSSG raised the alarm about five weeks ago that some terrorists have invaded the South-West, but unfortunately none of the state governors really addressed the issues. So, what led to the Owo attack was premeditated.

“The information we had earlier was that some terrorists have invaded a very close forest in Owo.

“These terrorists, according to our information, have their food being supplied to them via helicopter, and the Olowo, who is the traditional ruler of the ancient town, even the state government could not flush them out of the thick forest

“So, that tells you that they have occupied the bush to perpetrate their calculated killings,” he added.

The Yoruba Generalissimo, who coordinates SSSG, said pressure was being mounted on the “government of the South-West region to make sure that they tackle the spate of insecurity in the region.

“However, I want to urge the government, particularly, our governors in the South-West to brace up against these terrorists.

“We are ready to support them by ensuring that the region is safe and secured. We are also ready to offer advice and information, where necessary to forestall further attacks on the region.”

In other news, the last Sunday gruesome murder of worshippers at the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, by suspected gunmen, is a wake-up to all Nigerians to be firm in securing their communities.

Chief Ifagbenusola Atanda, the President, Ancient Religion Societies of African Descendants International Council (ARSADIC), made this assertions on behalf of traditionalists in Osogbo on Saturday.

Atanda, also the Asiwaju Awo Agbaye, said that “non conventional and traditional methods” remain the only way to fight and drive away those attacking and killing innocent Nigerians in their communities.

He said in a statement that time has come for everyone to adopt traditional means, like in the time past, to step up security in “our various communities and keep intruders and aggressors at bay”.

According to him, there is no doubt that governments alone could no longer secure lives and property of Nigerians.

“For whatever evil that befalls us, we are all to be blamed, because God has continued to give us signs of calamities ahead.