The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has revealed particulars of masterminds of June 5 assault on St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo state.
The DHQ in a press release on Wednesday, August 10, acknowledged that 4 among the many terrorists who carried out the assault had been arrested at Eika, Okehi LGA, Kogi State on 1 August 2022.
Recall that Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, had on Tuesday in Abuja, stated that 5 masterminds of the church bloodbath together with one Idris Ojo, had been captured by safety operatives.
Following the assertion by the CDS, Nigerians questioned how Ojo, who escaped from Kuje jail in July, was in a position to launch an assault in Owo in June, a month earlier.
In a swift response, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, clarified that Ojo will not be one of many suspected masterminds of the Owo church assault, including that it was a mix-up.
The assertion signed by Director Defence Information, Major General Jimmy Akpor, stated Ojo was one of many suspected ISWAP terrorists who escaped from the Kuje Medium Correctional Centre.
According to the assertion, Ojo was apprehended at Ayetoro Osi, Ondo State by the mixed effort of navy and DSS personnel on 7 August.
The arrested Owo church attackers are; Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza (a.okay.a Bin Malik), Momoh Otohu Abubakar, Aliyu Yusuf Itopa and Auwal Ishaq Onimisi.
“The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, has confirmed the arrest of 4 of the architects of the terrorists’ assault on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State on 5 June 2022,” the assertion learn.
“He made the affirmation through the second CDS’ parley with media executives and editors, which passed off on the Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Abuja on Tuesday 9 August 2022. The parley was organized by the Directorate of Defence Information in collaboration with The Media Today (TMT) International,”
“The CDS stated that, by the collaborative efforts of navy and DSS personnel, 4 amongst the terrorists who carried out the assault on the Owo Catholic Church had been arrested at Eika, Okehi LGA, Kogi State on 1 August 2022
“Those arrested included Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza (a.okay.a Bin Malik), Momoh Otohu Abubakar, Aliyu Yusuf Itopa and Auwal Ishaq Onimisi.
“The Defence Chief stated, preliminary investigation revealed that Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza was the mastermind of the phobia assault on the Owo Catholic Church in addition to the assault on a Police Station in Adavi LGA, Kogi State on 23 June 2022, throughout which a policeman was killed and weapons carted away.
“The Defence Chief additionally talked about the arrest of one other terrorist, Idris Ojo (32 years), who was apprehended at Ayetoro Osi, Ondo State by the mixed effort of navy and DSS personnel on 7 August 2022
“Idris Ojo, the CDS stated, was one of many suspected ISWAP terrorists who escaped from the Kuje Medium Correctional Centre highlighted on 5 July 2022. The CDS additionally talked about that Ojo was arrested alongside Jimoh Ibrahim (39 years), a sympathizer of the terrorist group, who accommodated him
“The CDS additional revealed that, the arrest of Idris Ojo was essential as he, together with others, was already planning terrorists’ assaults in opposition to some chosen targets, in an effort to create concern amongst the citizenry geared toward discrediting the federal government
“Gen Irabor additionally confirmed the dying of a bandit chief, Alhaji Abdulkareem, who was killed alongside his fighters on 6 August 2022 throughout air operations within the North West area.
“Whilst mentioning the unlucky terrorists’ assaults on Kaduna-Abuja Train Service, Owo Catholic Church, Kuje Medium Correctional Centre and the presidential advance convoy, the CDS assured the media chiefs that the navy, Nigeria Police, DSS and different safety businesses had been collaborating in lots of fronts, working day and night time to maintain the nation secure
“He appreciated Nigerians of goodwill, in understanding what navy operations had been like and what the tasks of Nigeria Police, DSS and different safety businesses had been and what they had been doing in guaranteeing that each one of us, inside our geographical house, lived in peace and concord
“The CDS used the chance to solicit the cooperation of the bigger society, saying that, “what the criminals (terrorists) amongst us wish to do is to stoke concern and to put it on the market to such a degree that each one of us won’t even wish to depart our homes. This is the technique, which if we don’t take time, will turn into half and parcel of our day by day lives”.
Gen Irabor stated the media gatekeepers had a accountability “in educating the society to know that, by no means once more ought to we permit brokers of destabilization to stoke concern amongst us, that collectively we’ll crush the weather that don’t want us to depart in peace”.
“The CDS due to this fact, urged the media executives and editors to stay companions in progress in guaranteeing that their media had been insulated from being utilized by terrorists to unintentionally gasoline concern within the minds of Nigerians
“Gen Irabor additionally expressed the dedication of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) in guaranteeing a safe and peaceable 2023 basic elections through the parley.
He remarked that, “members of the Armed Forces have a covenant with the democratic course of that the covenant deposition is that the navy would create situations free of charge, secure and safe conduct of the 2023 basic elections”.
The CDS additional defined that, all of the operational engagements of the AFN have been tailor-made in direction of guaranteeing that the nation’s democratic course of was not solely nurtured but additionally made to stay stable. He urged all stakeholders that will be concerned in politicking to take actions which might be centered and geared in direction of transferring the democratic course of ahead.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), The Media Today International, Barrister Charles Odenigbo, in his opening remarks, recommended the AFN for the operational successes recorded within the numerous theatres of operations in latest instances.
He stated the second CDS parley was deliberate within the spirit of openness, to elicit a sensible and sturdy assessment of media reportage of defence and safety sector over the intervening interval for the reason that first CDS parley. This, he stated was geared toward evaluating the contributions of mainstream and on-line media in direction of aiding the navy and safety businesses within the battle in opposition to insecurity in Nigeria. Barr Odenigbo urged the media to proceed to work with the navy within the job of nationwide safety and nation constructing.
In his welcome tackle, the Director Defence Information (DDI), Major General Jimmy Akpor, recounted that the primary version of the CDS parley with media executives and editors, which held in January this 12 months, was mooted by the present CDS, Gen Irabor.
According to him, the parley was according to the management philosophy of the CDS, “to foster an expert Armed Forces able to successfully assembly constitutional imperatives.”
The DDI additional described the CDS’ parley as a welcome improvement that will construct sustainable belief and confidence between the AFN and the media, notably because it involved the conduct of navy operations and engagements.