The National Security Council yesterday revealed that the Islamic State, West African Province (ISWAP) masterminded the deadly attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State that left over 25 people dead on Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this to State House correspondents, shortly after the over three-hour council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja.

Aregbesola, who spoke in the company of the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, said security agencies are closing in on the perpetrators through their traces.

According to him, the council is gravely concerned about spate of blasphemy-linked killings and has directed security agents to hunt those behind the killing of Deborah Samuel Sokoto State and a more recent case in Abuja

He, however, noted that the police have arrested no one for the attack since Sunday.

The minister also debunked notions that the attack carried an ethnic-religious tint adding that the council has also made adequate security preparations for the June 18 governorship election in Ekiti State.

In his response Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu said it might be too early to conclude that the Owo attack Was Carried Out by ISWAP stressing that there has to be evidences to bak such claims.

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