Owo Attack: Makinde declares mourning period in Oyo
The government of Oyo State has declared a three-day mourning period in honour of the victims of terrorist attack at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State.
The decision, according to a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Olubamiwo Adeosun, was in compliance with the communiqué issued at the end of a virtual meeting of the Governors of the South-West States held on June 10, 2022.
According to the statement, the Governor of Oyo State, His Excellency, Seyi Makinde, has approved that flags fly at half mast from Monday June 13, 2022 to Wednesday, June 15, in honour of the slain victims of the Owo Catholic Church attack.
During the period, Flags are to be flown at half mast between Monday June 13 and Wednesday June 15 at all public buildings and offices.
The Governors condemned, in very strong terms, the horrendous crime perpetrated by terrorists against the people and residents of Owo, Ondo State, and, by extension, the peace-loving people of the South-West.
They also sympathized with the victims of the mindless attack in Owo and agreed to declare a 3-day mourning period in memory of the victims of the 5th June, 2022 terror attack on St Francis Catholic, Owaluwa Street, Owo, Ondo State.
The Governors noted, with great discomfiture, the increasing agitations about spaces taken over by unidentified and unknown migrants in all South-West States and therefore, recommends an increase in the scope of surveillance of the activities of these undocumented settlers by relevant security agencies in all the States.
They resolved to continue to assist the security agencies in the areas of crisis management and intelligence gathering at all times.
The meeting further resolved that efforts be geared toward identity management of Okada riders and stringent regulation put in place for their operation.
The Governors decided to reconvene the South-West Security Committee to look critically into menace of Okada riders' influx and submit its findings on the desirability of Okada operations in the region as well as a multi-level template to combat the threat of insurgency and terrorism in the region.