Ondo State Police Command dismissed allegations that the gunmen who attacked attendees at St Francis Catholic Church in Owo had been caught on Friday.
Recall that on June 5, accused Fulani herders stormed St. Francis Catholic Church, Owaluwa Street, Owo, during a church service, killing over 30 people and wounding over 60 more.
According to a viral video circulating on social media, the criminals were apprehended by the Nigerian Army, Amotekun Corps, and other security agencies working together.
Residents of Owo descended on Olowo’s palace, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye, to confirm the arrest.
While attempting to quiet the mob, the monarch stated that he had heard the rumor as well and advised everyone to remain calm.
The story was incorrect, according to an unnamed source within the palace, and it was later established that it was about a gang captured with weapons near the Owo/Benin border.
“It was only a rumor,” the person claimed. When the rumor spread, thousands of young people flocked to the palace, but it turned out to be a false alarm.
“Kabiyesi was just trying to commend their tenacity when he informed them, ‘I heard the rumor like you too,’ and advised them to wait for confirmation.
“However, it was later determined that the news was about a group of people captured with deadly weapons along the Owo/Benin border.”
Funmilayo Odunlami, the Ondo State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), told reporters she was unaware of the arrest.
“I can’t confirm anything like that,” she stated. There isn’t a single other story like it in the state.”