Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff, says the gunmen behind the attack on a church in Owo, Ondo state have been arrested.
On June 25, gunmen suspected to be members of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, killing over 40 people, including women and children.
Speaking with journalists on Tuesday, the defence chief said the masterminds of the attack wanted to create fear and panic, and the impression that the country is under siege.
“Let me bring it to your notice that within the last time we met, there have been ignoble actions of men of the underworld that have impinged on our collective well-being, namely the unfortunate train attack, the attack on Kuje correctional centre as well as the attack on the presidential convoy,” he said.
“Also, the Owo incident which was intended to bring men and women of the armed forces to present them in a form and shape that make it to look as if the nation is on a siege. We have arrested those behind the dastardly act in Owo.”