Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, Olowo of Owo Kingdom, joined ‘god of iron’ (Ogun) devotees on Thursday afternoon, June 16, to lay curses on the gunmen who massacred parishioners at St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo.
It would be recalled that armed men stormed the St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo state, on Sunday June 6th, shooting sporadically at worshippers, leaving at least 38 worshippers dead and a score of others severely injured.
The National Security Council linked the attack to the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and on Thursday, June 9, the Owo monarch announced the arrest of the culprits.
However, during the brief ritual on Thursday, June 16, the worshipers, Olowo, and other ‘ogun’ devotees hurled ancestral curses at the criminals, believing that nemesis would catch up with them in no time.
Pictures and videos that have been shared online show Olowo moving to the site of invocation with Chief Dada Aderobagun, the Olu Ode of Owo Kingdom, performing the rituals that follow the raining of curses on the evil doers.
The Special Assistant to the Olowo of Owo, Mr. Sam Adewale, explained that the attack on 127 worshippers necessitated the invocation of Ogun curses on perpetrators of the gruesome attack on the Owo community.
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