The deceased was attached to St Peter and Paul Catholic Church in the Kafin Koro community in the Paikoro local government area of the state.
Reports say that the bandits stormed the community at around 3 am on Sunday, January 15, 2023, and began shooting sporadically as they walked up the hill where the reverend father’s house is located.
A resident told him the punch that the bandits divided into two groups while one rushed to the official residence of the Catholic priest, the other stayed in the town to avoid any form of resistance.
After the attackers failed to gain access to his residence, they decided to set the building on fire and waited until it was reduced to ashes with the Priest inside.
Confirming the tragic incident in a statement Sunday, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodunhe said the bandits shot and wounded another priest during the attack.
MAY condemn the attack: Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has strongly condemned the unfortunate murder of the Priest.
This is stated in a statement issued by daniel atoripress assistant to the president of Niger CAN, Monsignor Bulus Yohanna Sunday in Minna.
While demanding swift investigations into the attack, the Christian body also called on the government at all levels, the police and other security agencies to redouble their efforts to combat banditry and insecurity, reports NAN.
The statement read in part: “One of the main responsibilities of any government is to protect the lives and property of the people, enough with the senseless attacks and killings of innocent Nigerian citizens.
“In the early hours of today (Sunday) the bandits arrived in the community shooting sporadically, setting fire to the Catholic rectory, murdering the parish priest and wounding his assistant.”
CAN sent its condolences to the Catholic Diocese of Minna, to the parishioners and to all of Christendom, as well as to the immediate family of the murdered priest.
The association also prayed for the repose of the soul of the late Achi and the souls of all the faithful went to rest in peace.