There has been a great shock in Nigeria in the early hours of Sunday, as a Catholic priest, Isaac Achi, was burnt alive in the Paikoro Local Government area in Niger State
According to the news gathered by Taculia 9ja, when the attackers were unable to gain access to the well-fortified church building where the priest resides, they set the whole place on fire.
Before his death, Mr Achi was serving as a Catholic Priest at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Kafin-Koro, Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger.
According to a police spokesperson in the state, Wasiu Abiodun, another priest was shot during the attack.
“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,” Mr Abiodun wrote in a statement.
“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 to death.
“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.”
In the meantime, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Niger, State has openly condemned the killing of the priest. This was made possible in a statement by the CAN Chairman of the state, Bulu Yohanna, who called on the Nigerian government and security agencies to arrest the spate of killings going on in the country.