Tragedy struck early on Sunday when terrorists attacked St. Peters and Paul Catholic Church along Daza Road, Kafin-Koro in the Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State and burnt the priest, Very Reverend Father Isaac Achi to ashes.
According to reports, Achi was transferred recently to the Madalla Parish and was in Kafin-Koro when the unfortunate incident occurred.
A source revealed that the clergyman’s assistant identified as Father Collins was shot and has been rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.
Speaking on the development, the Niger Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, disclosed that the attack happened at about 3 am on Sunday morning.
“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.
“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.
“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 an investigation into the unfortunate attack has commenced”, he stated.