Minna, 16 January, 2023 / 8:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) are demanding the arrest of people who torched down Sts. Peter and Paul Kaffin Koro Parish of the Catholic Diocese of Minna in an attack that resulted in the death of the Parish Priest.
In a condolence message sent to Bishop Martin Igwemezie Uzoukwu of Minna, the President of CBCN, Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, says that the Church in Nigeria received the news of the arson attack “with great shock and sadness”.
“We received the news of the gruesome killing of Fr. Isaac Achi of the Catholic Diocese of Minna in his Presbytery by arsonists in the early hours of Sunday, 15 January 2023, with great shock and sadness,” Archbishop Ugorji says in the statement shared with ACI Africa on Monday, January 16.
He adds, “We condemn in the strongest terms this horrifying act of murder as barbaric, cruel, and heartless. The security agents must do all it takes to arrest the criminals behind this murder and bring them to face the wrath of the law.”
“Criminals must not be allowed to move freely in our communities. This only emboldens them to go on committing more and more crimes,” the Archbishop of Owerri says