Adebayo Adenrele

32-year old Idris Ojo and 39-year old Jimoh Ibrahim have been named by the Chief of Defense Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, as the two principal suspects of the gruesome attack on St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State.

General Irabor described the suspects as top commanders of ISWAP in Nigeria, adding that they were arrested in separate joint security operations involving the Army, Police and the Department of State Services, DSS.

He stated Idris Ojo was arrested in Ayetoro, Ondo State on Sunday, August 7 along with his other commanders, who were already planning another attack before intelligence reports identified his location and he was subsequently arrested in the operation.

The CDS also said four other persons were arrested in Eja, Okehi local government area of Kogi state, in connection with the June 5 attack on the Catholic church in Owo and another attack on a police station in Ada, where a policeman was killed.

They are Idris Abdul Malik Omeiza, Momoh Ojowu Abu, Aliyu Yusuf and Auwal Onimisi.

General Irabor said the Suspects would be publicly paraded, adding that massive operations are ongoing in the North-West and North-Central to combat bandits and eliminate them as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.