The Police in Benue have confirmed the lynching of three suspected armed robbers by mob in Adikpo, Kwande Local Government Area of the state.
Spokesman of the command, Mr Moses Yamu, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, confirmed the incident on Tuesday in Makurdi.
Yamu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the suspected robbers were lynched while carrying out a robbery operation at a petrol station in Adikpo.
He said that the manager of the station alerted the mob, while the robbers were still carrying out their operation in the early hours of Tuesday.
He said that the mob had already meted out the jungle justice on the suspects before the police arrived at the scene.
The spokesman, however, said that the police later deposited the three corpses at the Government Hospital, Adikpo.
However, another version of the story claimed that the ‘suspected robbers’ were members of the All Progressives Congress APC from Mbadura council ward of Turan.
According to sources, the trio identified as Denen Agber Kur, Sega Agber Kur and Jagba Uhembe escorted sensitive materials for the APC primaries to their ward.
“Upon reaching Adikpo and while waiting for the distribution exercise to commence, the trio sat at a buruku joint near the Kwande APC Secretariat to sip the local brew.
“It was at that point that robbers stormed a filling station in the same location and later took off on motorbikes.
“The trio, relatively unknown faces to the angry youths of the area became suspects and were killed instantly and set ablaze,” an eyewitness claimed.