The Ondo State Government has opened an account to receive further donations from well meaning individuals and corporate bodies who may wish to assist the victims of the terrorist attack in Owo.
In a statement made available to Journalists on Wednesday by Richard Olatunde, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the state government appreciates the donations received so far.
The statement reads: “Well meaning individuals and corporate bodies willing to assist the victims of the terrorist attack may do so into the following account: NAME- ODSG-Owo Terrorist Attack Relief Fund. Account No -1401203148; Bank: Providus Bank.
“Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has assured that the state government on its part will remain unshaken in committing its resources to the security of lives and property. He noted that efforts are deepened to ensure that the survivors of the attack at various hospitals are given the best medical care”, the statement added.
Gunmen had on Sunday attacked St Francis Catholic Church, Owaluwa, in Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, killing scores of worshipers
When Niger Delta Connect visited the scene of the incident, it was observed that the gunmen used dynamites to blow the altar of church while the service was going on.
Parts of the altar POP caved in as the gunmen shot many worshipers.
Eyewitnesses, Kehinde Ogunkorode told Niger Delta Connect that no fewer than 50 persons were killed by the gunmen.
Blood stains litter the floor of the church as corpses were moved to the Federal Medical Centre and St Louis Catholic Hospital, Owo.
Meanwhile, Niger Delta Connect reported that victims of the attack gave an account of how the church was attacked.
They spoke at the Emergency Ward of FMC, Owo, where they are receiving treatment.
Okpara Arinze who said he’s from Ebonyi State said the gunmen caught them aware.
He said: “All I know about yesterday’s details is that I was in the church. So immediately the Rev Father was giving the last blessing, we heard a gunshot. So, everybody began to hide for his or her life. So I hid under the desk, unfortunately, the bullet reach my leg”.
Accordingly to Mrs Josephine Ojeloni said: “I was in the middle of the church. We heard a gunshot. We all thought it was a toy, but we heard the gunshot again and people at the back started running, they were rushing. Then, they started killing them. I wanted to escape but I got no chance. What I did was laid down flat the next thing I saw was dynamite, they threw it on my leg and my leg was ruined completely, but I still thank God I’m alive today and I’m in the land of the living. It’s only a matter of time, it will stop, I will be able to walk with my leg.
She thanked medical workers in the institution for their proactive steps.
Also, Mrs Oni Folakemi said gunshot was fired at her hand while she was on the floor.
“Before we could run for our safety, they had surrounded the whole building and had shut the doors. The gunshot was fired at my hand while I was down. They even thought I was dead; they killed the people that were beside me, my hand was badly damaged”, she added.