CDS confirms arrest of masterminds of Owo church massacre

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Two of the masterminds of the deadly terrorist attack on St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, South-West Nigeria have been arrested.

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor disclosed this during a media parley with senor media executives on Tuesday in Abuja.

General Irabor, said the two criminals were arrested in separate joint security operations involving the Army, Police and the Department of State Services (DSS).

The CDS, said Idris Ojo
was arrested in Ayetoro, Ondo State on Sunday, August 7 along with his other commanders, who were already planning another attack before intelligence reports identified his location and he was subsequently arrested in the operation.

He also said four other persons were arrested in Eja, Okehi local government area of Kogi state, in connection with the June 5 attack on the Catholic church in Owo and another attack on a police station in Ada in which a policeman was killed. They are Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza, Momoh Ojowu Abu, Aliyu Yusuf and Auwal Onimisi.

The CDS described all those arrested as top members of ISWAP in Nigeria and they will be publicly paraded soon. General Irabor said massive operations are ongoing in the North-West and North-Central to combat bandits and eliminate them as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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