Following the burning to death of a Catholic priest in Kafin-koro in the Paikoro Local Government Area of Niger State, aggrieved women and youth have reportedly burnt down the Kafin-koro Police Divisional Office.
According to a resident of Kafin Koro, who identified himself simply as Jonathan, 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.
He said, “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.
Jonathan said that when the police refused to leave the residence of the late priest, the women threw stones and sachet water at the police then the police left.
He said the village youths eventually joined the women to hold a peaceful protest but the police started shooting and a villager got killed by a bullet fired by the policemen.
“After the prayers, the women were joined by some youths to match peacefully through the major road of the town to the Police Division chanting anti-police slogans to the Police Division to register their grievances as they asked the police to leave the town since their presence is of no security value to the community.
“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 said
Jonathan said that the irate youths in the process set the police division office on fire.
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 who was burnt to death in his residence.