DHQ discloses identities of arrested Owo Church attack suspects

The Defence Headquarters has named  suspects apprehended in relation to the June 5 raid on St. Francis Catholic Church Owo in Ondo State.

On Tuesday, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, had during a parley with media executives and editors disclosed the names of the terrorists who engineered the Owo church attack.

According to a statement by the Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Jimmy Akpor, on Wednesday, the clarification became crucial because of the conflicting feedback on the earlier statement.

Akpor explained that Irabor had confirmed the arrest of four suspects through the collective efforts of the military and DSS personnel at Eika, in Okehi Local Government Area, Kogi on Aug. 1.

“Those arrested included Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza (a.k.a Bin Malik), Momoh Otohu Abubakar, Aliyu Yusuf Itopa and Auwal Ishaq Onimisi.

“The Defence Chief said, preliminary investigation revealed that Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza was the mastermind of the terror attack on the Owo Catholic Church.

“As well as the attack on a Police Station in Adavi Local Government Area, Kogi State on 23 June 2022, during which a policeman was killed and weapons carted away,” he said.

Akpor added that Irabor also spoke of the arrest of another terrorist, Idris Ojo, aged 32, who was arrested at Ayetoro Osi, Ondo State through the combined effort of military and DSS personnel on Aug. 7.

“Idris Ojo, the CDS said, was one of the suspected ISWAP terrorists who escaped from the Kuje Medium Correctional Centre on 5th July 2022.

“The CDS also mentioned that Ojo was arrested alongside Jimoh Ibrahim, 39 years, a sympathizer of the terrorist group, who accommodated him.

“The CDS further revealed that, the arrest of Idris Ojo was crucial as he, along with others, were already planning terrorists’ attacks against some selected targets, in order to create fear amongst the citizenry aimed at discrediting the government,” he added.

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