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Bandits Burn Catholic Priest To Ashes, Shoot Assistant In Niger Community

A Catholic priest, Rev. Fr Isaac Achi has been shot and burnt to death at his residence in Niger State by gunmen suspected to be bandits.

The bandits during the said attack on Kafin Koro Community in Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State in the early hours of Sunday have burnt the Reverend Father who is in charge of Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

The bandits were said to have invaded the community at about 1 am and began shooting sporadically while heading to the uphill residence of the Rev. Father.

According to a resident of the community who identified himself as Paul, the bandits divided themselves into two while some went to the Catholic priest’s official residence, the others stayed in the town shooting to wade away any form of interference.

Paul stated that when the bandits could not assess the late Achi’s residence after a long while, they set the building ablaze and waited until it burnt to ashes with him in it.

The Divisional Police Officer was said to have been reached but could not get to Achi until he died.

He was also the Dean, Kafin Koro Deanery of Catholic Diocese of Minna.

The associate parish priest, Rev. Fr. Colins Omeh who narrowly escaped sustained severe bullet wounds.

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