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Terrorists Shoot, Burn Catholic Priest to Ashes in Niger Community

Terrorists Shoot, Burn Catholic Priest to Ashes in Niger Community

Terrorists had in the early hours of Sunday, January 15, attacked St. Peters and Paul
Catholic Church located along Daza Road, Kafin-Koro in the Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State and burnt the priest, Very Rev. Fr. Isaac Achi to ashes.

An anonymous source in the area had told SR that Fr. Achi’s assistant, Father Collins
had sustained gunshot wounds and was immediately rushed to an unnamed hospital for treatment. According to the source, Fr. Achi was just recently transferred to Madalla Parish in the state but had been in Kafin-Koro, a former home parish when the unfortunate incident occurred.

Meanwhile, the Niger Police Public Relations Officer DSP Wasiu Abiodun, while
confirming the incident in a statement, remarked that the incident happened at around 3 am on Sunday.

Abiodun’s statement partly reads:

“On 15/01/2023 at about 0300hrs, armed bandits invaded the Parish residence of one Rev. Father Isaac Achi of St. Peters and Paul Catholic Church, along Daza road, Kafin-Koro, Paikoro LGA. Unfortunately, the bandits attempted to enter the residence, but it proved difficult and so the house was set ablaze, while the said Rev. Father was burnt dead.”

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“A colleague of the Rev. Father identified as Father Collins was additionally shot in the shoulder while trying to escape from the scene. He has been rushed to the hospital while the deceased Fr Collins’s body has been recovered.”

The State Command CP Ogundele Ayodeji has already dispatched a reinforcement
team to the area and investigations into the unfortunate attack have commenced at the time of writing this report.

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