Aggrieved women and youth have reportedly burnt down the Kafin-koro Police Divisional Office in Niger following the burning to death of a Catholic priest in Kafin-koro in the Paikoro Local Government Area of the state.
The Niger State Police Public Relations Officer, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed the incident.
The incident began when some women comprising Evangelical Church Winning All and Catholic women groups converged on the premises of the burnt Parish at 7 am on Tuesday to offer prayers against those who burnt the Catholic priest according to a resident, Jonathan.
“As the women were praying, some policemen arrived at the venue saying they were a detachment from the Kafin-koro Police Division drafted to the church to provide protection for them.“The women rejected the protection and requested that the police should leave because the police didn’t provide protection for the dead priest neither did they show up on time when they were called,”he said.
“As the police were trying to disperse the crowd, the police began shooting into the air and one of the bullets hit a man who died immediately so that was how the protest turned violent,” he added.
The irate youths in the process set the police division office on fire.“On 17/01/2023 at about 0900hrs, some angry youths of Kafin-Koro District, Paikoro LGA mobilized and protested in Kafin-koro town over the killing of the Parish Rev. Fr. Isaac.“During the protest, the rampaging youths attacked and set Kaffin-Koro Divisional Hqtrs ablaze,” the statement read.
Recall that bandits on Sunday invaded the Kafin Koro community around 1 am and shot sporadically while heading for the uphill residence of the priest, Isaac Achi, of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Kaffi Koro.The bandits reportedly attempted to gain entrance into the residence, but it seemed difficult and they set the house ablaze, while the said reverend father was burnt dead.
A colleague of the reverend father identified as Father Collins was equally shot in the shoulder while trying to escape from the scene.The lifeless body of Father Isaac was recovered while Father Collins was rushed to the hospital for treatment.