At least two persons were killed and another seriously injured in a suspected rival cult clash in Makurdi, Benue state.
Witnesses said the incident happened at Corner Stone, around Gyado Villa at about 8:40pm on Sunday, January 23, after suspected cultists engaged themselves in a gun duel.
A source in the area who spoke to Vanguard on condition of anonymity, said that the clash created pandemonium in the community which is a stone throw from the Benue State University, as residents scampered for safety.
“A group of young men were in a meeting at about 8pm when another group stormed the venue and started shooting and attacking anyone in the meeting. We were later told that they were rival cult groups and nobody knew what led to the fight but everyone scampered and ran for safety,” the source said.
“At the end of the bloody fight we discovered the corpses of two persons and body of another person who was seriously injured but we doubt of he would survive because of the severity of the injury.”
Spokesperson of the state police command, SP Catherine Anene, confirmed the incident, stating that two persons died while one other was in the hospital.
“Some young men sat at a spot and some other young men came and attacked them around 8pm last night (Sunday). Two persons were confirmed dead and another one who was seriously injured is presently on admission in hospital.” Anene stated.
She said the remains of the dead victims had been deposited at the mortuary while investigation into the matter was ongoing.