Five men have escaped mob action after being caught attempting to kill a 10-year-old boy in a bush for ritual purposes in Jalingo, Taraba State.
It was gathered that the five suspects who were paraded before newsmen by the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Tuesday January 14, lured the boy to a bush close to Kona village with claims of cutting their boss’ nails.
Little did they know they were been followed by some villagers who were suspicious of their motive of hiring the little boy. They were nabbed while trying to kill the young boy.
Godwin Peter, the Taraba State NSCDC spokesperson, 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.”
It was further learnt that, before they got caught, the suspects had inflicted a deep machete cut on the back of the 10-year-old boy who was rushed to the Federal Medical Center in Jalingo for treatment. It is expected that the suspected ritualists who have already confessed to the crime will be prosecuted at the end of the investigation.