Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said the death toll from Sunday’s terror attack on St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, is now 40 after harmonisation of records.
Akeredolu disclosed the new figure while hosting a team of Catholic bishops from the South-West led by Most Reverend Leke Abegunrin at his Ijebu-Owo residence, on Wednesday.
The governor had in a state broadcast on Tuesday put the death toll at 22.
He said the state government would provide land in a good environment for the mass burial of the deceased.
“The figure I have now shows that 127 persons were involved and that the number of death now is 40.
“On admission receiving treatment, we have 61. 26 have been discharged.
“Those are the figures we have now from the commissioner for health. So, the government is not hiding anything,” Akeredolu said.
The governor explained that the state government had set up an account for donations following a series of calls by well-meaning individuals who were desirous of helping the families of the victims and the survivors.
Earlier, Bishop Abegunrin expressed sadness over the attack, describing it as an attack on God.
Also, the Catholic Bishop of Ondo, Most Reverend Jude Arogundade, said the visit was to comfort one another and also inform the governor about the plan to organise a befitting burial for the dead.