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Nigerian Priest Dies After Arson Attack

by | Mon, Jan 23 2023

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A Catholic priest has died after his parish living quarters were deliberately set on fire in northwest Nigeria.

Unknown attackers tried to break into Father Isaac Achi’s home, but when they were unsuccessful, they started the blaze and fled before security forces arrived.

Father Achi was trapped inside and his phone calls for help went unanswered.

Another priest managed to escape despite being shot in the shoulder.

The Christian Post reports Father Achi had been targeted for more than a decade.

He survived a Christmas Day bomb attack on his church in 2011.

He was later shot in the jaw while standing up to armed intruders.

The priest had also been previously abducted and spent time in captivity until his church members raised sufficient ransom to get him released.

Last year saw around 6,000 Christians murdered in Nigeria, mostly by Islamic terror groups or Muslim Fulani herdsmen.

Persecution watchdog The Voice Of The Martyrs says the constant targeting of believers is no longer making news

Spokesman Todd Nettelton says the killing of scores of Christians over Christmas was barely reported.

He told Mission Network News the world is ignoring the deaths and the displacement of two million people.

Mr. Nettleton says people should care because there are nationwide elections over the next two months.

They will determine whether any levels of governments will respond to the relentless religious persecution.

“That’s a huge question for the people of Nigeria and for those of us who care about Nigeria and care about Christians,” Mr. Nettleton explained.