Owo Church Attack Survivor Narrates Event, Celebrates Birthday

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Stephanie Ajibo Olitex, A survivor of the Owo Catholic Church attack has taken to her Facebook page to narrate the sad event as she marks her birthday.

According to Stephanie, one of the armed masked men shot the choirmaster of the church in her presence before she hid herself under a cupboard inside the choir room with a baby in her hand.

She disclosed that the gunmen turned back when he didn’t see anybody or hear a sound.

The survivor further stated that she escaped through the fence that demarcated the church from the Palace of Olowo of Owo Kingdom and ran to the palace for the fear of the unknown.

Stephanie said, “We were inside the church when they started shooting from the outside. People at the back started running towards the altar. Some jumped fence and our priest escaped through the sacristy with the help of our catechist.

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“By the time I ran towards the Sacristy door, it was already locked by members who were able to reach there before me. I had to hide under the cupboard inside the choir room with the baby in my hand. He shot somebody right in front of me near the Sacristy door. He looked around, when he didn’t see anybody or sound, he went away. He was on the mask, loaded with Ak 47.

“Note that the distance between the heavily loaded gunman and me was like the kitchen to dining. Our choirmaster who was hiding with us was shot in his chest before he ran into the room with us. I pray he survives the bullet.

“They killed children, youths and the elderly. We’ve recorded almost 100 death and still counting. I came out alive and escaped through the fence that demarcated our church from the Palace of Olowo of Owo Kingdom and ran to the palace for the fear of the unknown. The baby with me is safe, I’m also safe. Happy birthday to me”.

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