“Someone was shot right in front of me” A Survivor of the Owo church shooting recalls as she Celebrates her Birthday
Stephanie Ajibo Olitex, a young lady who survived the gunmen attack on St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo on Sunday, has spoken out about her near-death experience on her birthday.
On Sunday, June 5, unknown gunmen opened fire on worshippers at the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo state, killing several persons and critically injuring others.
Stephanie posted her testimony on Facebook. Stephanie described how she narrowly escaped being shot by the shooters who entered the church wearing masks and began shooting sporadically at the gathering without restraint while expressing appreciation to God for sparing her life in the attack.
She hid beneath a cabinet within the choir room with a baby in her arms to avoid being shot, according to her, and eventually escaped via the fence that separated the church from the Owo Kingdom’s Palace of Olowo.
Stephanie recalls individuals being shot in her presence, including the choirmaster, who is fighting for his life right now.
“We were inside the church when they started shooting from the outside. People at the back started running towards the altar. Some jumped fence, our priest escaped through the sacristy with the help of our catechist. 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 myself 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 mask, loaded with Ak 47.
Note that the distance between the heavily loaded gunman and me was like kitchen to dinning. Our choir master who was hiding with us was shot on his chest before he ran into the room with us. I pray he survives the bullet. They killed children, youths and 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. God Is Good”. She wrote on Facebook.