Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has commiserated with his Ondo State counterpart, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi SAN and his government over the attack and killings of worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church at Owa-luwa Street, Owo by gunmen on Sunday.
Sanwo-Olu, who described the attack as “callous, inhuman and despicable”, also sympathised with the people of Ondo State, especially the residents of Owo – Governor Akeredolu’s hometown – and members of the affected church.
In a condolence message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, the Governor condemned the attack by the gunmen, saying it was crime against humanity to open fire on worshippers on Sunday morning killing scores of people.
Sanwo-Olu, who also commiserated with the Catholic Church of Nigeria and the Christian Association of Nigeria, expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives in the ugly incident.
He said: “On behalf of the government and people of Lagos State, I commiserate with Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State Government and the entire people of the state over the tragic loss in the state caused by the attack and killings of worshippers by the evil men this morning.
“Attacking a congregation and shedding innocent blood during a divine service in the temple of God is condemnable as it is a crime against humanity. It is barbaric, callous and despicable crime for any man to attack and kill worshippers or any fellow man in a manner the yet-to-be-identified gunmen carried out the heinous crime in the Catholic church on this morning.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families and the Christian community and the people of Owo as well as the entire people of Ondo State, who are affected by this unfortunate incident”.
Many people, including children and women, were killed in the attack.
The gunmen were said to have detonated explosives before firing at the worshippers.