Cultists have ended the lives of two final-year Mass Communication and Sociology student of Benue State University, BSU, Makurdi.
According to reports, the boys were shot dead at Gyado Villa area of Makurdi town by alleged rival cult members on Monday night.
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The victims, Sesugh Simonpeter Shija and Valentine Simon were reportedly at a football viewing centre when the assailants stormed the venue and shot them at close range.
“We were watching a football match at the viewing centre when about three young men, we suspect are cult members came into the place around 10 pm searching for their target,” said an eyewitness.
“The victims probably noticed that they were being sought for, tried to escape but they were not so lucky. They were both shot and killed instantly while their killers fled the scene. On hearing the gunshot which has become too constant in Gyado Villa area, people scampered and fled while many sustained injuries in the stampede that happened at the viewing centre,” he said.
Hours before he was killed, Valentine had posted on Facebook: “Flex When You Have The Time”
The murder of the duo brought the number of people who have been killed to six in the last two months in what appeared a rival cult war in the community.
Spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Catherine Anene, confirmed the incident and said that investigation into the matter was in progress.