Owo Attack: Catholic Church To Conduct  Mass Burial For Unidentified Bodies

By Damilare Adeleye

The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Ondo, His Lordship, Rt. Rev. Jude Arogundade, has confirmed that the church recorded 38 deaths in the last Sunday attack penetrated by suspected terrorists.

Recall that terrorists who are yet to be unveiled invaded St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo town on Sunday.

It was also confirmed that 19 persons were injured during the attack.

Meanwhile, a source in the Catholic Diocese said mass burial will be conducted by the church to the bodies that could not be identified.

He added that the church is yet to fix the date, time and location for the mass burial.

According to him, “There are plans to give mass burial to those who lost their lives in the Sunday attack.

” The decision was taken due to the nature of their deaths. So we have to bury them instead of them just laying in the morgue.

“Those that will be given mass burial are those whose bodies could not be identified by anyone.

“Definitely, when the necessary arrangements have been concluded, the church will notify the public on when the mass burial will be done.”

He added “the church is willing to release corpses to families that want to claim them for burial which he said will be done after proper verification.

However, Bishop Arogundade who gave the figure of death at 38, said that efforts were still ongoing to trace those who took bodies of their loved ones away without getting to the hospital.

“People have been asking me about the figure of those who died. The future that we can account for presently is 38.

“But we know that many people were taken to private hospitals. Even some people came to take the bodies of their loved ones. We are trying to trace those people so that we can have a recount for all.

”But in the catholic hospital which is Saint Louis Hospital in Owo and the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, we have 38 bodies,” he said.