Abuja residents pounced on a gang over the alleged abduction of a woman and her child at the Wuse 2 area.
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command Abuja said one of the suspects died after he was set ablaze.
In a statement on Tuesday, the spokesman, Mariam Yusuf said a preliminary investigation revealed it was a case of “one chance robbery”.
The suspects, she noted, attempted to defraud their victim in a painted taxi with reg no. KUJ 959 AQ.
Police operatives from Wuse Division moved to the scene upon receipt of the information but could only rescue other suspects. He is receiving medical attention for his injuries.
“The Commissioner of Police CP Bala Ciroma has ordered a discreet investigation into the incident and appealed to members of the public to shun jungle justice”, Yusuf added.