Gunmen set fire to Isaac Achi’s home in northern Nigeria after they were unable to break in, police say
Catholic priest Reverend Isaac Achi was burned to death in a botched home invasion on Sunday at his home in Kaffin Koro parish in Nigeria’s Niger state, a police spokesman told AFP. the Associated Press.
When the would-be armed robbers failed to break in, they opted to set the place on fire, leaving the priest to burn, while his assistant, Father Collins, narrowly escaped, taking a bullet in the shoulder as he fled. .
Nigerian authorities have explained that militant groups are increasingly targeting rural communities in the north and center of the country thanks to small and ill-equipped security forces unable to oppose them. While these “bandits“reportedly killing thousands and kidnapping others for ransom, sometimes targeting religious figures for an added terror factor, they are apparently rarely detained.
“These terrorists have lost it and drastic action is needed to end this ongoing carnage“do its best to ensure people’s lives and livelihoods.”
The youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) released a statement describing the attack as an act of terrorism aimed at wiping out the entire Nigerian Christian community.
“The ongoing killings and kidnappings of Christian clerics in Nigeria are alarming. This must be stopped at all costs. The Christian community must rise up and unite to put an end to this“said the President, Ambassador Belusochukwu Enwere, calling for the responsible parties to be”brought to book.“
Nigeria is becoming a killing field where people are slaughtered like chickens.
Police also confirmed that gunmen attacked a Christian church in Katsina state on Sunday, abducting 25 worshipers and leaving the pastor with injuries, including a gunshot wound to the hand. Another priest, Reverend John Mark Chietnum, was abducted and murdered last July in Kaduna state in the northwest.
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