Ri­val cult clashes claim 2 in Benue

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

Ri­val cult clashes on Mon­day night claimed two lives in Makurdi me­trop­o­lis.

Po­lice spokesper­son in the state, SP. Daniel Ezeala, said the in­ci­dents oc­curred at two dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions of the state cap­i­tal at 9:30pm and 10pm re­spec­tively.

He said po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion of the first at­tack by the cultists on an 18-year-old along Chief Abu King Shu­luwa road, Wu­rukum area of the town and that on get­ting to the scene, the po­lice met a corpse.

He added that the corpse was iden­ti­fied by fa­ther of the de­ceased, Nathaniel Mbachum of Akpehe vil­lage, Makurdi.

Ezeala said the de­ceased body which has al­ready been de­posited at the Benue State Univer­sity Teach­ing Hospi­tal’s morgue was rid­den with bul­lets and ma­chete cuts.

“The de­ceased was said to be a no­to­ri­ous armed rob­ber as well as a cultist,” he said.

He added that the sec­ond in­ci­dent oc­curred at me­chanic vil­lage in Apir, a sub­urb of the town where two cult groups fought and killed a yet-to-be iden­ti­fied young man.

He said no ar­rest has been made, but that in­ves­ti­ga­tion has com­menced.

From left: Pres­i­dent of Rwanda, Paul Kagame; for­mer Prime Min­is­ter of United King­dom, Tony Blair and; Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor/CEO, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Phillips Oduoza, at the Milken In­sti­tute Global Con­fer­ence in Los Angeles, Cal­i­for­nia yes­ter­day.

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