A Catholic priest, Very Rev. Fr. Isaac Achi, has been burnt alive by terrorists in an attack on Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church located at Daza Road, Kaffin-Koro in Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State.

Rev. Fr. Achi’s colleague, identified as Fr. Collins, was equally shot in the shoulder while trying to escape from the scene. He is currently undergoing treatment in an unnamed hospital within the state.

Police confirmed that the incident happened in the early hours of today (Sunday) when the terrorists attacked the priests’ residence in the parish.

Fr. Achi was the parish priest as of the time of the Christmas Day bombing at the St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madalla in 2014.

According to reports, Fr. Achi was recently transferred to Madalla Parish in the state but was in Kafin-Koro, his former home parish, when the incident occurred.

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Niger State police public relations officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, in a statement said the incident occurred at about 3 am on Sunday.

“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.

“Police tactical teams attached to Kafin-Koro Div were immediately drafted to the scene, but the hoodlums had escaped before the arrival of the teams,” the police said in a statement.