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No Evidence Links ISWAP To Ondo Church Attack – Fayemi 

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State Governor.
Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Ekiti State Governor.

June 13, (THEWILL) – Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, has described the claims linking the Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP), to the church attack in Owo as mere speculation.

Fayemi, who spoke on Monday, during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, said no evidence has confirmed that the terrorists were responsible for the attack.

“I am not going to go into any speculation. As far as I’m concerned, the statement that ISWAP or Boko Haram or whatever other institutions are responsible for this (attack), is purely speculative at this stage. I haven’t seen any evidence that concretely puts this in the corner of any of these rogue elements that we have.

“And really it doesn’t – at this stage – matter, they have committed this crime, they have demonstrated the capacity to cause maximum damage to our people”, he said.

THEWILL had reported about 40 people dead and several others injured, when gunmen attacked worshippers at St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.

The incident sparked widespread condemnation with various individuals and groups calling on the government to ensure the assailants were arrested and brought to justice.

Amid controversy over who was responsible for the incident, the Federal Government linked the killings to the Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP).

Fayemi believes the position of the Federal Government is speculation. According to him, governors, as the chief security officers of their states, are privy to all manners of intelligence, but not all of them are actionable.

He explained that they have a responsibility to pass such intelligence to the relevant institutions who are expected to take necessary actions.

“I don’t want us to jump the gun, as far as this is concerned and that is why I am not going to go into any detail as to what intelligence we had and at what point we had it.

“Our duty as security officers is to ensure that this does not occur again and we go after elements of this nature, whichever organisation they may represent within our domains”, he said.