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Published On: Wed, Dec 12th, 2018

4 killed in Benue cults clash

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From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi

At least four persons have been reportedly killed during a clash between rival cult groups in Makurdi, Benue State capital.
The incident which happened around 7 pm in Awe Street and around Benue state Library, Wurukum was said to have been sparked off by killing of one of the rival cult members who had visited home from Abuja for his father’s burial ceremony.
Our correspondent gathered that, the first victim was shot right at the wake of his father which was took place Monday evening, while the attacker, a fifteen years old boy was chased and killed with stones around state library.
One of the residents of Awe Street who spoke with on condition of anonymity said after the killing of the two persons, the cultists mobilised and started killing each other resulting to the death of additional two persons.
He said the incident in the area has become a frequent occurrence and most at times, the cultists dress in military uniforms to harass residents of the area.
When contacted to confirm the incident, the acting Police Public Relations’ Officer, Olade failed to give details of the incident, explaining that the Divisional Police Officer, DPO in-charge of the area, has not brief him about the incident.
It could be recalled that two weeks ago, over nine cultists were killed in Ushongo local government during a purported planned reconciliatory meeting while another was killed in High level area of Makurdi with his head smashed with an axe.

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