Armed bandits in the early hours of Sunday, January 15, burnt a Catholic Priest, Reverend Father Isaac Achi while his Assistant, Reverend Father Collins Omeh was shot by the gunmen.
While Father Achi has been confirmed dead, GRASSROOT REPORTERS gathered that his assistant, Omeh is in critical condition.
Sources said the gunmen who stormed the church, St. Peters and Paul Catholic Church, Kafin-Koro, Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State at about 3am, could not gain entrance into the church due to heavy security, instead, they burnt down the church building with both men inside.
Confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, police team has been drafted to the area.
In a statement, Abiodun 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.
“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 investigation into the unfortunate attack has commenced.”