Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo says although terrorism suspect, Idris Ojo, was arrested in Akure, the state capital, he is not one of the perpetrators of the Owo church massacre of June 5.
In a statement on Wednesday signed by Richard Olatunde, his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), obtained by Newsbreak.ng, Akeredolu said he acknowledged the confusion the statement by the Nigerian Armed Forces has created in the public space, considering that the ugly event of June 5 attack in Owo preceded the unfortunate incident on Kuje jailbreak.
The Governor said there was a mix up in the announcement by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor.
Governor Akeredolu explained that Ojo, who is number 14 on the wanted list of Kuje correctional facility escapees was arrested in his brother’s house in Akure.
“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.
“Idris Ojo, who is number 14 on the wanted list of the Kuje Prison Escapees was arrested in his brother’s house in Akure.
“His 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,” Akeredolu said.
The governor urged members of the public to remain vigilant and give necessary supports to the security agencies in the state.