In the wee hours of Sunday, gun-wielding terrorists invaded Kaffin-Koro Village in Paikoro local council of Niger State and set alight a Reverend Father of St. Peters and Paul Catholic Church, Isaac Archi.
It was also gathered that the gunmen also shot the clergy’s associate, Father Collins, on his shoulder while trying to escape the attack. After inhumanely setting him ablaze, the gunmen also put fire to the church.
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According to reports, the pastor was burnt to ashes while his associate who sustained a gunshot wound was rushed to a nearby hospital.
Wasiu Abiodun, spokesman for Niger Police Command, confirmed the attack in a press statement.
“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.
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“A colleague of the Rev. Father identified as Father Collins was equally shot on the shoulder while trying to escape from the scene,” the statement read.
He, however, stated that police tactical teams attached to Kaffin-Koro Division were immediately deployed to the scene, but the gunmen had escaped before their arrival.