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Cultists take over Benue State, kill three

Written By Idoma Television on Monday, August 10, 2015 | 2:07:00 AM

Three persons were reportedly killed in Makurdi, the Benue State capital in Saturday’s cult clash among gangs and members of a vigilante group, Vanguard reports.
According to the report, about six other persons were injured, including an Indian national, who was reportedly shot in the head.
A source quoted in the report said the fight for supremacy by the rival cult groups began at the Welfare Quarters area of Makurdi, leading to the shooting of three persons, including members of the vigilante group who intervened in the fight.
The source said: “They have turned Welfare Quarters into a den of arms wielding cultists. It is unfortunate that law enforcement agencies are turning a blind eye.
“Yesterday, the cult groups in the area engaged each other in a bloody fight that left three persons dead, and many injured, while families fled their homes for fear of being killed by arms wielding young men.
“In a bid to stop an escalation of the fight, the vigilante group on duty in the area tried to stop members of the gangs but some of them were shot.”

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Austin Ezeani, confirmed the incident but insisted no live was lost.
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