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Irate residents raze Police Divisional office in Niger state after stray bullet reportedly killed man during protest over murder of Catholic priest

Jan 17, 2023

Aggrieved women and youths in Kafin-koro in Paikoro local Government Area of Niger State have razed the Kafin-koro Police Divisional office.

 

The incident took place on Tuesday morning, January 17, three days after the parish priest of St Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Kafin-koro, Reverend Father Isaac Achi, was burnt to death by bandits who invaded the parish’s residence.

 

According to The Nation report, some Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) and Catholic women groups converged on the premises of the burnt parish as early as 7 am on Tuesday to pray against those who killed the clergy. 

 

But a police detachment from the Kafin-koro Police Division was drafted to the church, stating it was directed to provide protection for the praying congregation.

 

Still distraught over the inability of the police to respond on time and prevent the death of the Father, the women refused and resisted the protection provided by the police.

 

The women were said to have accused the police of not doing anything to rescue the late Reverend Father and asked the operatives to leave.

 

The women threw stones and sachet water at the police to state their point, forcing the operatives to retreat to their station.

 

After the prayers, some youths joined the women to march peacefully through the major roads of the town to the Police Division, chanting anti-police slogans to register their grievances.

 

They asked the police to leave the town, alleging their presence was of no security value to the community.

 

To disperse the crowd, the police began shooting into the air with one of the bullets said to have hit a middle-aged man who died immediately on the spot, turning the protest into a violent exercise.

 

In the course of the protest, some unidentified people set the Police Division on fire, leading to the burning down of the entire building.