The Federal Government of Nigeria says the Islamic State, West African Province (ISWAP) is responsible for the attack on worshippers at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, that led to the death of about 40 persons and others injured last Sunday.
Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior said this while briefing State House Correspondents after the National Security Council meeting in Abuja on Thursday.
He disclosed that security agencies, particularly the police, have been directed to apprehend the perpetrators. Aregbesola said the attack has no ethnic-religious connection as he affirmed that the group activity has nothing to do with religion.
The former Osun State governor also disclosed that the council is also concerned about killings in the name of blasphemy and has directed the security agencies to go after perpetrators of the incidents that occurred in Sokoto State and Abuja recently.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba who was present at the briefing said the imprints of the perpetrators of the Owo killings have been identified and although no arrests have been made, security agencies are now zeroing in on them.