Five suspected ritualists have been arrested while attempting to kill a 10-year-old boy in a bush in Jalingo, Taraba state.
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps paraded the five suspected ritualists on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 who lured the 10-year-old boy into a bush near Kona village where they told him he would be cutting their boss’ nails.
Villagers who were suspicious of the motive behind them hiring the boy, followed the suspects and the boy into the bush without their knowledge.
The suspects inflicted a deep machete cut on the back of the boy before they could be arrested. He has since been rushed to the Federal Medical Center in Jalingo for treatment.
Confirmng the arrest, Taraba State’s NSCDC spokesperson, Godwin Peter 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.”
Investigations are currently ongoing and the suspected ritualists who have already confessed to the crime will be prosecuted accordingly.