Police launch manhunt for suspected killers of Catholic priest in Niger

Police launch manhunt for suspected killers of Catholic priest in Niger

By Obinna Unaeze, Minna.


The Police Command in Niger says it has deployed a police reinforcement team to hunt down the suspected killers of a Catholic priest, Very Rev. Fr. Issac Achi, in Kafin Koro, Paikoro Local Government Area of the state on Sunday.


This is contained in a statement issued in Minna on Sunday by DSP Wasiu Abiodun, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state.


The statement said: “On 15/01/2023, at about 0300hrs, armed bandits invaded the Parish residence of one Rev. Father Isaac Achi of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, along Daza Road, Kafin Koro, Paikoro Local Government Area.


“Unfortunately, the bandits reportedly attempted to gain entrance into the residence but it seemed difficult and they set the house ablaze, while the said Rev. Father was burned 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.


“The Commissioner of Police, Niger State Command, Ogundele Ayodeji, had dispatched a reinforcement team to the area and effort is ongoing to apprehend the assailants, as investigation into the unfortunate attack has commenced.”



The statement said that the police tactical teams, attached to Kaffin-Koro Division, were immediately drafted to the scene but the hoodlums had escaped before the arrival of the teams.


It said that the lifeless body of late Isaac was recovered while Father Collins was taken to the hospital for treatment.

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