Four killed as rival cult groups disrupt funeral service in Benue

Four persons were reported killed in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, on Monday during a clash between rival cult groups.

It was gathered that the clash left about 11 persons with varying degrees of injuries.
Among the dead was a bartender, who was allegedly shot on Awe Street.
According to an eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity for fear of retribution, the crisis started about 7pm when a suspected cult member, who was attending his father’s burial ceremony, was attacked by members of a rival group.
The incident, which degenerated into an all-out gang war, occurred on Awe Street around Wurukum area of Makurdi metropolis.

It was further learnt that a 15-year-old boy, who was caught up in the fracas, was stoned to death behind the state library.
The eyewitness said, “Yesterday (Monday), rival cult groups in this area engaged each other in a bloody fight from a wake that left four persons dead.
“The attack brought the wake to an abrupt end as mourners, who had gathered, ran for their lives.

“After the killing of two persons, the rival cult groups mobilised and started attacking each other, leading to the death of additional two persons, while many others were injured.”
The eyewitness explained that such occurrences had become more frequent in recent times, adding that the cultists dress in military uniforms most of the time and go about harassing innocent residents of the area.

When contacted, the acting Police Public Relations Officer of the Benue State Police Command, Benjamin Orlande, said that he had yet to get full details about the incident from the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the area.

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