The Ondo State Government has canceled this year’s June 12 celebration earlier slated for Sunday 12th June, 2022.
This is consequent upon the terror attack on innocent worshipers at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, on Sunday 5th June, 2022.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Richard Olatunde, the cancelation is to enable the entire people of Ondo State mourn their loved ones who lost their lives in the horrific attack.
Recall that the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), had directed that all flags in the state be flown at half -mast for seven days in honour of the victims of the terror attack.
Meanwhile, the South-west conference of Speakers has condemned the gruesome attack on a Catholic church in Owo during which scores of people lost their lives.
Chairman South-west Speaker’s Conference who is the Speaker Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt Honourable Oleyelogun Bamidele David described as wicked, the attack on innocent people who were only performing religious obligation to their creator.
Oleyelogun observed that the ancient town of Owo was known for peace before the strike by terrorists, thus causing havoc to many households affected by the ugly trend.
The Chairman South-west Speakers’ Conference noted that members did well in passing the regional security network code-name ‘Amotekun’ which he said has performed excellently in securing the South-west region.
He called on other security agencies to intensify efforts and harmonise their operations with a view to securing the lives and property of people which are daily being threatened.
Oleyelogun on behalf of other speakers in the South-west region commended Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu for taking bold steps on security issues in the sub-region.
While commiserating with the Governor, Owo community and the Roman Catholic community, the South-west Conference of Speakers called on residents to be vigilant and report strange movements in the community to law enforcement agents.
The body of South-west Speakers also advised governors in the sub-region to jointly embark on aeriel surveillance of the entire South-west, using helicopters or drones.
The South-west conference of Speakers equally called on the South-western Security network, ‘Amotekun’ to intensify efforts at joint border patrol of the sub-region to checkmate influx of criminal minded individuals.