Benue Police Worried Over Cult Killings In State

The Benue State Police Command has said it is disturbed by the recent incidence of cult killings in the state.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Catherine Anene stated this on Tuesday in an interview with THE WHISTLER where she stressed that the state government and the residents are all concerned about rising cases of cult clashes.

The latest of such clashes occurred last Thursday at the Gyado Villa area of the state capital, Makurdi where two people were gruesomely murdered.

Earlier in the year, suspected cultists had killed a fresh graduate of the Benue State University (BSU) at same Gyado villa. It was gathered that the deceased, Adzua Defence met his death on January 28 while planning to return to Lagos where he resides after spending his Christmas holiday with family and friends.

According to Anene, the victims of last Thursday’s incident were students of BSU, although she did not disclose their names.


Gyado villa is a residential area opposite the second gate of BSU. It is mostly populated by students of the university.

On whether the command has made any arrest since the incident happened, the police spokesperson said: “I don’t have that record now. Investigations are still ongoing.”

She said while everyone is worried about the killings, the command is doing its best to check the killings.

“The truth is that everybody is worried, and we have been doing our best. The institution is worried. They’re trying to put things in place to make it better. What you’re seeing is because there is control, that’s why once in a while you see it, otherwise it would have gone out of hand.

“What I will say is that a lot of things have gone wrong. Maybe there is something wrong with our parenting, and the way young people are exposed to some information and it has connected them with a lot of wrong things.


“So, our society is not the way it used to be. Our style of parenting too has to change. We have to be firmer too as parents and we have to check and guide our children the more. That’s what I will say, it’s not that we are not doing our best. We are trying our best, but lot of things have gone out of hand. What you’re seeing would have been a hundred times more if there was no check,” she concluded.

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