By PETER DURU, Makurdi
The rising incidents of cult related violence in parts of Makurdi, the Benue State capital, yesterday claimed the life of a 27 year old father of two who was hacked to death by suspected cultists, at Ankpa quarters area of the town.
Saturday Vanguard gathered that the deceased, a commercial motorcycle ‘Okada’ operator was gunned down in front of his residence by a gang of young men who stormed his home around 7pm.
According to eye witnesses, the deceased who was identified as Simon John had retired home after the day’s business when suddenly someone called him out of his house for a brief discussion only to be surrounded by cutlass and guns wielding men numbering about 30.
The gang allegedly butchered the young man leaving him in the pool of his blood whilst people in the neighborhood scampered to safety for fear of being caught in the cross fire.
When Saturday Vanguard visited the home of the deceased, his wife, Mrs Abigail John said, “I went to buy some household items my husband sent me only to be called on phone by a neighbour that my husband has been attacked by some unidentified young men.
”I ran back to the house only to discover the lifeless body of my husband”, she added.
Also speaking, elder brother of the deceased, Chia said after his brother was called out by somebody, all they heard was sporadic gun shots which created fear among the people of the area.