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The assertions linking the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) or Boko Haram to the latest church attack in Owo, Ondo State, have been dismissed by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.


Fayemi emphasized that no proof has been found that the terrorists were behind the incident, which cost numerous lives and injured many more.


The Federal Government ascribed the killings to the ISWAP in the midst of a disagreement over who was to blame for the tragic incident.


Fayemi, who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), believes the Federal Government’s position is only hypothetical.

“I’m not going to speculate,” Fayemi remarked during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday in answer to a query about the Federal Government’s position.

“As far as I’m concerned, the claim that ISWAP, Boko Haram, or other institutions are behind this (attack) is completely hypothetical at this point.” I haven’t seen any evidence that puts this in the corner of any of the rogue elements we’re dealing with.

“And it really doesn’t matter – at this point – because they’ve committed this act and proved their ability to cause maximum harm to our people.”

“I don’t want us to be ahead of the game in this regard, so I’m not going to go into any detail about what intelligence we had and when we had it,” he continued.

“As security officials, it is our responsibility to guarantee that this does not happen again, and we will pursue elements of this sort, regardless of the organization they represent inside our domains.”

Terrorists stormed St. Francis Catholic Church, Owaluwa Street, Owo, during a church service on June 5, according to the SOLOLOADED.

The mourning period in Ondo State has been extended till Wednesday, according to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

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