According to the local authorities, a regional security team has captured suspects connected to the murder of at least 40 persons in a church in south-west Nigeria. Earlier this month, while a service was in progress, gunmen broke into the St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo state, and started shooting.
The suspects are being held by Amotekun, a force established by the governors of the south-western states. It is not a part of the police department. The accused were in various phases of interrogation, according to Amotekun commander Adetunji Adeleye, who spoke to the BBC.
He did not provide any information on people being detained, but he did mention that a car and some weapons had been found. Since Amotekun lacks the authority to bring people before a court, the suspects must be turned over to the police if they are to be charged.
More than 100 more individuals were hurt during the incident in addition to the at least 40 fatalities that occurred on June 5. The militant organization Islamic State of West African Province was given the blame for the deaths by the Nigerian authorities (Iswap). However, the jihadists have not claimed responsibility for the incident.
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