The Defence Headquarters has announced the arrest of two additional suspects in connection with the June 5, 2022 attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State.
The Director, Defence Information, Major General Jimmy Akpor, disclosed this in a statement he issued on Thursday.
He said the suspects were apprehended at Omialafara (Omulafa), Ose, Ondo State on Tuesday.
Akpor said the arrests were made barely hours after the disclosure of arrest of four of the terrorists behind the attack by the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor.
He said suspects were apprehended through the collaborative efforts of operatives of the military and Department of States Services.
According to him, it is instructive to note that Abdulhaleem, alongside other high profile ISWAP commanders, had also previously coordinated attacks on military targets in Okene, Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State, resulting in casualties.
He said: “Recall that the CDS, during his parley with media executives and editors on Tuesday, informed of the arrest of four terrorists among those who carried out the attack on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo on 5 June.
“They were arrested through a combined operation by military and DSS personnel at Eika, Okehi LGA in Kogi State on August 1.
“It is the avowed commitment of the leadership of the military, Nigeria Police, DSS and other security agencies to work in synergy to enthrone peace and security all over the country.
“This is due to the need for collaboration as an essential requirement to successfully deal with the existential asymmetric threats currently bedeviling our dear nation, Nigeria.”