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Tension As Gunmen Set Niger Catholic Priest Ablaze

There was tension in Kafin-Koro, Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State as some gunmen set a Catholic priest ablaze in the early hours of Sunday.

The incident was confirmed by the Niger State Police Command, stating that it happened along Daza road in the LGA.

According to a statement signed by the State Police Public Relations Officer, PRO, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, in Minna, the victim, Rev Father Isaac Achi of St. Peters and Paul Catholic Church was set ablaze at his residence.

Abidoun, in the statement, disclosed that the yet-to-be-identified gunmen invaded the home of the Rev Father at about 3 am on Sunday.

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He stated, “unfortunately, the bandits reportedly attempted to gain entrance into the residence, but it seemed difficult; they set the house ablaze, while the said Rev. Father was burnt dead.

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

Abiodun stated that Police tactical teams attached to Kaffin-Koro Division were immediately drafted to the scene, but he added that 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,” he disclosed.

The command added that currently, a reinforcement team had been dispatched to the area and effort is ongoing to apprehend the assailants as an investigation into the unfortunate attack had commenced.


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