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Benue Varsity Students Killed in Cult Clash
Punch reports the first incident, according to a witness, happened on Tuesday around High Level in Makurdi where a 300 level student of the university was said to have been shot dead around 8 pm.
“It was around 8pm when a group of people attacked the young man and shot at him, the attackers ensured that the man died before they left the place.
The second incident happened directly opposite the second gate of the university where a 400 level student of Theatre Art of the same university was gunned down.
The attackers were said to have trailed the young man to the area where he was killed.
An eyewitness who did not want to be mentioned said that the 400 level student was going to have his hair cut when young men numbering 17 accosted him and shot him.
“The attackers were armed with guns, axes, cutlasses, and stones, they rushed at him and shot him dead,” the eyewitness said.
The incident was said to have heightened tension in the area leading to traders scampering to safety.
Confirming the two incidents, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Moses Yamu, said that two students were killed during rival cult clashes.
“It is true that two students were killed at separate areas in the town, one happened around High Level and another at the second gate of Benue State University.
“With little information, it is like the killing was as a result of rival cult group clashes because the second one that was killed was said to have participated in the killing of the 300 level student of the university.”
The command spokesman said that one of the suspects has been arrested.