About seven persons may have lost their lives at the weekend after a two days bloody rivalry clash between some cult groups in Otukpo Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State.
However, the Benue State Command of the Nigeria Police confirmed three persons dead and three others who got gunshot wounds during the attacks.
ASP Moses Yamu, Police Public Relations Officers (PPRO), also noted that following the clash eight other persons were arrested in connection with the incident, even as it recovered four locally made pistols from the cultists.
Independent learnt that the incident which took place last Saturday behind Saint Francis College (Ogwonuigbahapa) following a fight for supremacy between two rival cult groups, later spread to Oiji street, Sabon-Gari and Ojira areas of the town.
According to eyewitness accounts, the youths started by throwing fireworks at each other but later ended pulling out guns on each other.
He told Independent that “for two days young men residing around Saint Francis College, Oiji street, Sabon-Gari and Ojira engaged each other in a battle to over control the town.”
The source stated further “they shot at each other in the name of belonging to rival cult groups and people were scampering for safety all over the town for fear of being hit be stray bullets.”
He explained that but for the intervention of the police who were drafted to the area to check the escalation of the crisis, several persons would have lost their lives, adding that though other persons lost their lives in the clash other got bullet wounds.