The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has clarified that the arrested Idris Ojo was not one of the suspected masterminds of the Owo church attack.
Akeredolu’s clarification was contained in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, on Wednesday, 10 August, 2022.
TheFact Daily recalls that the Chief of Defense Staff, CDS, Gen. Lucky Irabor, during a media parley in Abuja, had disclosed that 5 attackers of the Owo Church attack had been apprehended by security agencies, one of which he named as Idris Ojo.
However, Governor Akeredolu, acknowledged the confusion the statement has created in the public space, considering that the ugly event of June 5 attack in Owo preceded the unfortunate incident of Kuje prison.
“The announcement of the arrest of Idris Ojo as one of the perpetrators of the June 5 attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, was a mix-up from the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor,” the statement said.
Governor Akeredolu explained that Idris Ojo, who was number 14 on the wanted list of Kuje Prison escapees, was arrested in his brother’s house in Akure.
According to the statement, the escapee’s brother, Jimoh Rasheed Ibrahim, received and accommodated him after his escape from Kuje prison.
“He was thereafter moved and kept in the custody of the security operatives at the same time the attackers of Owo Catholic Church were arrested and brought into custody. Hence, the mix up”, the Governor explained.
Governor Akeredolu urged members of the public to remain vigilant and give necessary support to the security agencies in the State.