No fewer than five people have been reportedly killed by suspected cult gangs in the Gboko and Makurdi Local Government Areas of Benue State.
Four people were hacked to death in Gboko town, while one other person was shot dead at the North Bank area of Makurdi, the state capital.
Sources from Gboko revealed that the hell was let loose when two cult gangs in the area engaged in a battle of supremacy which resulted in the said fatalities.
One of the sources, identified as “Tersoo” explained that the clash began on Wednesday night and that by the time the dust settled, three persons were found dead at Gbar-Mkar in Gboko East.
Tersoo said that another person, a 21-year-old man whose name was given as Vershima Bendega, aka Ter Kwande, was also killed at his uncle’s residence located at Number 10, Iorkyaa Ako street Gboko Central same day.
He said the development had unsettled residents of Gboko with many shop owners keeping their stores under lock to forestall further violence.
The state police spokesperson, DSP Catherine Anene, confirmed the report in a short statement, saying three persons had already been arrested in connection with the killing.
“The incident is confirmed and three suspects arrested in connection with this case. Investigation is still in progress,” Anene stated.