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Cultists sack Benue residents

Written By Idoma Television on Monday, June 22, 2015 | 8:46:00 AM

Residents of the Welfare Quarters area in Makurdi, Benue State, are fleeing the community for fear of being attacked by cultists terrorizing the place.
There has been incessant cult clashes at the Welfare Quarters community since two months ago and this has paralyzed social and economic activities in the area.

One person was stoned and later burnt to death while several others sustained severe injuries during a clash between rival cult groups in the community on Saturday.

The community dwellers, some of whom are fleeing the area, said the cultists kill and destroy property every day, seriously endangering the lives of innocent residents.
They wondered why the police and other security agencies had not been able to rein in the bad boys to avert the attacks, and said it was safer to vacate the area.

Speaking to LEADERSHIP exclusively, Mr. Oche Igomu, a civil servant who said he had relocated to Kanshio, a neighbouring community to the attacked area, stated that he packed out of the place because he and the family were no longer comfortable with the gruesome killings.

“Everyday, the cultists kill and destroy houses around the Welfare Guarters. The other day they collapsed the fence of the Ter Makurdi’s Palace in search of the son and damaged all vehicles parked in the house. I have vacated the place with my family because business is no longer moving there and we are not sure wether the attacks may be extended to innocent residents of the area,” Igomu stated.
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