CAN condemns killing of Catholic Priest in Niger

CAN condemns killing of Catholic Priest in Niger

By Obinna Unaeze, Minna.

 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Niger has condemned the killing of a Catholic priest in Paikoro Local Government Area of the state.

 

A statement issued by Daniel Atori, media aide to the CAN Chairman in Niger, Most Rev. Bulus Yohanna, on Sunday in Minna called for investigations into the attack, as well as apprehension and prosecution of the culprits.

 

“CAN, Niger State, strongly condemns the gruesome killing of Rev. Fr. Isaac Achi, priest of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Kaffin Koro, in Paikoro Local Government Area (LGA) of Niger State.’’

 

The CAN chairman called on government at all levels, the police and other security agencies to redouble their efforts to tackle banditry and insecurity.

 

“One of the primary responsibilities of any government is to protect lives and properties of the people; enough of the attacks and wanton killings of innocent Nigeria citizens.

 

“In the early hours of today (Sunday), the bandits got to the community, shooting sporadically, setting ablaze the Catholic Parish house, killed the parish priest and injured his assistant.”

 

The association condoled with the Catholic Diocese of Minna, parishioners and the entire Christendom as well as the immediate family of the slain priest.

 

Yohanna, who is also the Catholic Bishop of Kontagora Diocese, prayed for the repose of the soul of the late priest and the souls of all the faithful departed

 

Rev. Fr. Achi was, until his death, the CAN Coordinator in Paikoro LGA, the Dean and Parish Priest of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Kaffin Koro, the Catholic Diocese of Minna.

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