More evidence of recent NBM Temple (University) activity.
An incident from November 2018 that appeared in the news but was never attributed to been related to the NBM.
NBM members converged on Lessel community in Ushongo Local Government Area of Benue State to attend a meeting. Whilst in the community they used a local okada rider to ferry them to the meeting location.
Once all the axemen were at the meeting location they decided to attempt to rob the okada rider of his motorbike. He refused to hand over the keys and they killed him.
The news reached the local community and local youths descended on the NBM meeting and a massacre occurred leaving 13 members of the NBM dead.
The incident made the news but with the victims been described only as “members of a cult”:
Makurdi—No fewer than 13 suspected members of a cult were, Saturday night, reportedly hacked to death in a major fracas with youths of Lessel community in Ushongo Local Government Area of Benue State.
It was gathered that the clash, which lasted over two hours, also left several persons with serious injuries. An eyewitness told Vanguard that the crisis started when members of a cult, who were in the town for a meeting, attacked and killed a commercial motorbike operator, whose motorbike they had attempted to snatch.
According to the eyewitness, “the group had come to Lessel town in their numbers on Saturday night for what we gathered was their annual convention. “They ran into the okadaman, who they engaged to convey some of them to a guest house in Lessel, venue of the meeting where some of them also put up.
“On completing the assignment of conveying them to their destination, the cult members demanded the key of the motorbike, but the rider refused to surrender his bike to them.
“They descended on him and killed him instantly. But the news of the murder filtered into town and the youths in Lessel mobilised and stormed the guest house with dangerous weapons.
“A bloody fight ensued, some of the cult members were hacked to death, while others captured alive led the youths to where other members of the cult were hiding.
“They were all rounded up by the youths. It took the intervention of the Police, who stormed the area, to stop the killing of more cultists, most of whom had been beaten to a pulp by the youths.” Reacting, Benue State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ene Okoh, said: “When we got the information, my men moved in quickly and arrested 13 persons, who were involved in the fracas, but I can confirm that nine persons were killed in the clash.” The commissioner, who disclosed that the command had reinforced security in the town, attributed the bloody clash to a cult fight.
The NBM however discussed the issue.
Aye Marcus Garvey writes:
“Aye axemen!!!, e get one terere when i dy hear, i just want know if nh truth. The information reaching me is that some strong men where killed during initiation in Benue state, that we lost close to 13 strong men and some where arrested. Due to mis-information that they where Boko Haram or they killed a bikeman. Please forgive me because I donâ€™t know what happened so am just asking, because have observed in the forum that no one has talked about it. Aye axemen!!”
Aye Walter Rodney claims the number of dead to be 50:
“Yes is true, the number of Ayes that was killed were more than 50 including 147.”
Lord Balewa Equiano adds:
“Na inside this November wey pass so
The update I get be say na as them comot from Grd. Vigilante alert koti wey come with firepower fall some men and bambellas. Them still nab some men. An external H, CP and Padded of a neighboring T went down
The matter weak me, I just deleted the photos of the scene, but I will try to retrieve it make men still Obs am, no be Te, Na real
Make the souls of those our brothers rest in the hands of KF
And I urge make men dey package with coordination in all activities”
Aye Marcus Garvey adds some photos of the aftermath: