The number of victims from Sunday’s terror attack in Owo, Ondo state has risen to 127 while 40 people have been confirmed dead.
This is contained in a statement released by the Ondo state Commissioner for Health, Dr Banji Ajaka, while giving a new casualty figure from the terrorist attack on worshippers at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo.
Dr Ajaka said the figure was from Tuesday nights data.
Recall that The Catholic Bishop of Ondo Diocese, Jude Arogundade, had earlier said the church recorded 38 deaths.
Ajaka, in the statement, said, “The situation report as at 12 midnight, on Tuesday 7/6/22 at St. Louis Hospital, Owo, 39 people were involved and 13 deaths (confirmed). At the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, a total number of persons involved is 84 and number of corpses in the FMC mortuary is 25; female, 17, and eight males.”
He also said two deaths were recorded from two private hospitals in the state.
Meanwhile, the Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has assured that the state government will provide land in a good environment for the mass burial of the victims.
He gave the assurance while playing host to a team of Catholic Bishops from the South-West led by Archbishop Leke Abegunrin, which was on a condolence visit to the Governor at his residence in Owo