3 Killed In Benue Cult War

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At least three persons were feared dead in Makurdi, Benue State, following last Saturday’s bloody clash among rival cult groups and members of a vigilante group in the city.

According to a Vanguard source, the fight for supremacy by the cult groups started at the Welfare Quarters area of the city, where no fewer than three persons were shot, including members of the vigilante group who had intervened in the fight.

“They have turned Welfare Quarters into a den of arms wielding cultists. It is unfortunate that law enforcement agencies are turning a blind eye.

“Yesterday, the cult groups in the area engaged each other in a bloody fight that left three persons dead, and many injured, while families fled their homes for fear of being killed by arms wielding young men.

“In a bid to stop an escalation of the fight, the vigilante group on duty in the area tried to stop members of the gangs but some of them were shot,” the source said.

State Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent Austin Ezeani, confirmed the incident. He, however, said there were only two deaths.