Business activities in Makurdi the Benue State capital is on a standstill, flowing recent crises by some cult groups who took advantage of the security challenges to perpetrate crime.
Our correspondent who went round town to monitor the situation observed that major markets in Makurdi such as Wurukum, Modern market, High Level and North Bank were partially opened while Wadata market which is the flash point of the disturbances was totally closed.
It was also observed that shops, super markets and provision stores along major roads and some settlements in Makurdi and its environs were closed while both vehicular and human movements were slowed as residents appeared to be living in fear of the uncertain security atmosphere.
Meanwhile, Benue State Police command has arrested over 40 persons in connection with the recent cult related crises in some parts of Makurdi which left several people injured and property worth millions of Naira destroyed during the weekend.
Police public relations officer (PPRO) of the command, Moses Yamu, made the disclosure in an interview in Makurdi, said the command has already deployed additional personnel to the affected parts of the town to restore peace and order as well as to check the spread of the crisis.
He said the arrested suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations were concluded and advised Makurdi residents not to panic as security operatives were in control of the situation.
Heavy security personnel were also seen patrolling the streets to prevent further break down of law and order.
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