The Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has set up account for victims of terror attack that ripped through Saint Francis Catholic church in Owo last Sunday.
He clarified that 40 died while 61 survivors who were injured by the assailants are still on admission in different hospitals.
Akeredolu said this when he received a team of Catholic Bishops from the South-West led by Most Reverend Leke Abegunrin at his Ijebu-Owo residence in Owo.
Richard Olatunde, Chief Press Secretary to State Governor on Wednesday said 26 persons have been discharged while 40 persons died in the attack, which involved 127 persons.
He also assured that all the donations made would be judiciously utilized for the purpose it is meant for.
Akeredolu, explained that Government would provide land and organise a befitting burial for the lost souls, adding that he was deeply sad over the incident.
The Governor said, “What we witnessed in Owo on that Sunday, I have been looking for a word to describe it but I’m not too sure I can find one because it is indescribable.
“There is no word to describe it. If you say horrific, dastardly, horrendous, all those ones are common words and we use them for many things.
“But I have been looking for a better word to use because we have witnessed barbaric elements, animals in human’s skin. If you are humans you would not do what they have done.
“May be there are areas where they will do such a thing and they are not worried. But here were are worried because it is not something we are used to. Human life means a lot to us.
“That is why one is moved. We will have a Memorial Park here where those who died in the attack will be buried. My Bishop sir, we will find a good place as a Memorial Park.
“It will also be my suggestion that even if there are people who have retrieved their family or members of their family, we must still have a symbolic grave there for them. And it will be there forever, it is not something we can forget and we should never forget it.
Earlier, the Catholic Bishop of Ondo,
Most Reverend Jude Arogundade, said the visit was to comfort one another and also inform the Governor about the plan to organize a befitting burial for the lost souls.
“We are gathered here to comfort one another, it has been very difficult and painful not just because the incident happened in Owo but in Ondo Diocese. We are preparing for the funeral of the people who died at the incident”, Arogundade said.
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