JUST IN: Several People Butchered To Death As Rival Cult Groups Clash

A recent clash between rival cult groups, Black Axe and Red Axe, in North Bank, a suburb of Makurdi, Benue State, resulted in the tragic deaths of at least seven individuals, according to reports.

The intensity of the clash prompted the closure of the market situated in the area, as residents grappled with the aftermath of the violence.

Cibilus Odinaka, chairman of North Bank market, provided insight into the genesis of the conflict, recounting how a member of one faction was accosted while accessing products in the market, sparking a retaliatory confrontation. Odinaka lamented, “Between that Saturday and today (Monday), six persons have been killed.”

Despite the proximity of military barracks to the scene, residents expressed frustration over the perceived ineffectiveness of security measures. Odinaka remarked, “The issue of barracks as far as we are concerned, is completely useless.”

Nura Umah, a leader of a local vigilance group, confirmed the casualties, noting that six cult members lost their lives during the clash, with an additional casualty being a commercial motorcyclist inadvertently caught in the crossfire.

Security personnel have since been deployed to the area to restore calm. Catherine Anene, the state Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed the incident, stating, “Report of cult activities in North Bank were reported and the command deployed police officers to take charge. Investigation is ongoing.”

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