Saint Francis Catholic church, Owo which was attacked by armed bandits in June last year was reopened barely a year after the tragedy. The worship centre was re-opened yesterday for religious activities.
The church was re-opened for Easter amid a massive turnout of worshippers marking the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The catholic Bishop of Ondo diocese, Jude Arogundade who ministered at the reopening service held at the church, declared that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has failed the nation as he could not check the incessant killings in the country.
He condemned the government for not deeming it fit to come out to apologize to the people and admit that it has failed the nation.
He wondered why nobody has been prosecuted since invasion and killing of people have started in the country.
On June 5, 2022, gunmen stormed the Catholic Church located at Owaluwa Street in Owo and opened fire on the congregants. No fewer than 41 worshippers of the church were massacred by the bandits, who detonated explosives while disguising themselves as worshippers during the violent attack.
Amidst tight security, men of the Nigeria Police Force, Military personnel, hunters, and the security arm of the church code-named Men of Order and Discipline (MOD), were drafted to strategic places to secure the environment.
The newly reconstructed church was filled to the brim as the worshippers wore mournful looks for losing their loved ones.
Bishop Arogundade admonished the congregants, who came in large number including the survivors of the attack, that they should not be discouraged by the incident.