On Thursday, the Defence Headquarters announced the arrest of two more suspected terrorists linked to the Owo attack.
General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff, announced the arrest of some suspected terrorists, including the mastermind of the Owo attack, during a meeting with media executives and editors on Tuesday.
Armed men stormed the St Francis Catholic Church in Owo on June 5, 2022, killing 40 worshippers.
Major General Jimmy Akpor, Director of Defence Information, said in a statement on Thursday that the duo of Al-Qasim Idris and Abdulhaleem Idris were arrested during a joint operation with the DSS and Police in Omialafara (Omulafa), Ose LGA in Ondo State.
‘Arrest of two additional suspected terrorists in connection with the Owo Catholic Church on June 5,2022,’ read the statement.
“Recall that the Chief of Defence Staff informed media executives and editors yesterday, Tuesday 9 August 2022, during his parley with media executives and editors, of the arrest of four terrorists among those who carried out the attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo on 5 June 2022.”
“On August 1, 2022, they were apprehended in a joint operation by military and DSS personnel at Eika, Okehi LGA, Kogi State.” Idris Abdulmalik Omeiza (a.k.a. Bin Malik), Momoh Otohu Abubakar, Aliyu Yusuf Itopa, and Auwal Ishaq Onimisi are among those detained.
“Only a few hours after the CDS announced the arrest of four of the Owo Catholic Church attackers, two more ISWAP terrorists, who were also linked to the church attack, were apprehended at Omialafara (Omulafa), Ose LGA, Ondo State yesterday, August 9 2022.”
“The arrests were made as a result of a joint effort by military and DSS personnel.” Al-Qasim Idris and Abdulhaleem Idris are the suspects.
He did, however, claim that Abdulhaleem and other high-profile ISWAP commanders had previously coordinated attacks on military targets in Okene, Okene LGA, Kogi State, resulting in the deaths of many people.