Priest burnt alive, five worshippers abducted in Niger State
Written by Adewale Adeyemi on January 16, 2023
Armed attackers burnt a Catholic priest alive and abducted five worshippers in two separate attacks in central and northwestern Nigeria, police said.
Insecurity is a major issue in Africa’s most populous country where general elections are scheduled next month.
Around 0200 GMT in Kafin-Koro village in Niger state, criminals known locally as “bandits” set fire to a priest’s residence, burning him alive, police said.
Guardian Newspaper reports that the criminals set Father Isaac Achi’s house alight after failing to access the house.
“Unfortunately, the bandits… set the house ablaze, while the said Rev. Father was burnt to death,” said Wasiu Biodun, police spokesman in Niger state.
The bandits shot and injured another priest identified as Father Collins .