The Taraba Police Command on Wednesday confirmed that four suspected kidnappers were killed by a mob at Tella in Gassol local government area of the state.
The Spokesman of the command, Mr. David Misal, told journalists in Jalingo that the fifth suspect, Salisu Zakari, who narrowly escaped the mob action, was arrested and detained by policemen.
He said the mob had forcefully removed the suspects from a local vigilante group station at Tella and hacked them to death.
He said: “The incident occurred on August 6. Five people were sighted in Tella and were suspected to be kidnappers.
“They were arrested by a local vigilante group. But before being handed over to the police, a group of irate youths lynched them and threw their bodies into the river.
“One of the suspects escaped and was later arrested in Jalingo. He is presently in our custody.”
According to Misal, Zakari told policemen that the syndicate went to Tella for armed robbery not kidnapping, before they ran out of luck.
The command’s spokesman said the matter was under investigation, adding anyone involved in the crime would be prosecuted.