Five escaped mob action after being nabbed while attempting to kill a 10-year-old boy in a bush in Jalingo, Taraba State’s capital.
The suspects who were paraded by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Tuesday, January 14, lured the boy to a bush near Kona village with claims of cutting their boss’ nails.
They were unknowingly followed and busted by villagers who were suspicious of their motive of hiring the little boy.
Taraba State’s NSCDC spokesperson, Godwin Peter who confirmed the arrest said;
“When we got the security information that some young men suspected to have been carrying out ritual activities in Kona village were caught with a ten years old boy, our men moves swiftly to the village and arrested the situation.
“We went there and the villagers insisted that the five boys have been carrying out ritual killings and were dealing with human parts, the villagers urged the security to scrutinize the five boys.”
Before their arrest, the suspects inflicted a deep machete cut on the back of the 10-year-old boy who was rushed to the Federal Medical Center in Jalingo.
It is expected that the suspected ritualists who have already confessed to the crime will be prosecuted at the end of the investigation.