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Sacrilege! Terrorists Burn Priest To Ashes

Michael Chukwuebuka, Reporting 

SUSPECTED gunmen have, in the early hours of Sunday invaded the residence of Rev. Fr. Isaac Achi of St. Peters and Paul Catholic Church in Niger State and burnt the building alongside the priest to ashes.

Sources said the armed bandits, around 3:00a.m. on Sunday, stormed the Catholic Church premises located along Daza Road, Kafin-Koro, Paikoro Local Government Area of the state, but were unable to access the priest’s quarters.

Sacrilege! Terrorists Burn Priest To Ashes

Unable to reach Rev. Fr. Achi inside his house, the terrorists set the building ablaze and watched while he agonised in flames to death.

His colleague and assistant priest, Father Collins, was shot on the shoulder while trying to escape from the scene.

He was later rushed to a nearby hospital, a resident in the neighbourhood told reporters.

Sacrilege! Terrorists Burn Priest To Ashes

The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, in a statement, confirmed the incident.

He said: “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 reportedly attempted to gain entrance into the residence, but seems difficult and set the house ablaze, while the said Rev. Father was burnt dead.

Sacrilege! Terrorists Burn Priest To Ashes

“A colleague of the Rev. Father identified as Father Collins was equally shot in the shoulder while trying to escape from the scene.

“Police tactical teams attached to Kafin-Koro Div were immediately drafted to the scene, but the hoodlums had escaped before the arrival of the teams.

“The lifeless body of Father Isaac was recovered while Father Collins was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Advertisements

“The Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command CP Ogundele Ayodeji had dispatched a reinforcement team to the area and effort is ongoing to apprehend the assailants as investigation into the unfortunate attack has commenced,” he said.

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