February 24, 2024
Black Sunday: Catholic priest burned to death

Black Sunday: Catholic priest burned to death

Reverend Father Isaac Achi, a Catholic priest, was killed by fire at his residence in Kafin Koro, Paikoro Local Government Area, Niger State.

Prior to his passing, the late Reverend Father Achi was the Kafin Koro Deanery of the Minna Diocese of Niger State and the Reverend Father in charge of St. Peter’s and Paul Catholic Kafin Koro.

A source close to Kafin Koro claims that about 1:00 am, the gunmen surrounded his house after storming the slain Rev. Father’s uphill residence, which is about one kilometer from the main town.

The gunmen allegedly poured Petroleum Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as gasoline, all over the house before lighting it on fire after nearly an hour of failed attempts to force their way inside.

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Rev Father Collins, his aide, who was injured on his leg while attempting to flee the fire, is currently receiving treatment at an unnamed medical facility in Minna, the state capital.

According to our source, the deceased made a distress call to a family member who then contacted the Divisional Police Office in charge of Kafin Koro Division. However, the gunmen are reported to have overpowered the police, therefore they were unable to stop them from entering the residence.

Further information revealed that the assailants lit the structure on fire, watched as it burned to the ground with the late Reverend Father inside, and then fled without being confronted.

The state Police Command has not yet released a comment regarding the incident, however Mr. Emmanuel Umar, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Humanitarian Affairs, confirmed the killing of the Catholic priest while also announcing that security personnel had been dispatched to the scene.

As may be remembered, the bombing of Saint Theresa Catholic Church, Madella in the Suleja local government region of the state occurred in December 2011, and the late Reverend Father Isaac Achi, a native of Kafin Koro, managed to survive.

When the gunmen broke into the late Reverend Father’s home two years later in 2013, he narrowly survived another kidnapping attempt.

Black Sunday: Catholic priest burned to death

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