Nearly 4 weeks after Major Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd) went missing, the Joint Task Force which was led by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has found the car belonging to the late general who was declared missing since September 3rd, 2018. This was revealed on Saturday in the Nigerian Army official tweet @HQNigerianArmy.
The Nigerian Army had previously expressed frustration over the attempt by the locals to disrupt the efforts by the Task Force and a Chinese company to drain the pond. But the persistence of the Army has helped to uncover the car, which could give a clue to what happened to Alkali. It was said that the car was discovered at a pond in Lafendeg Du, Plateau State with the assistance of the local divers.
The tweet read, “Joint Task Force constituted by COAS Lt Gen TY Buratai comprising officers & soldiers from 3 Div Quick Response Team, Op Safe Haven, @PoliceNG #VIO @Fedfireng, as well as Local Divers have found the vehicle belonging to Maj Gen Alkali RTD at a pond in Lafendeg Du Plateau State.”
The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Texas Chukwu, on Thursday, had given an update on the unfortunate disappearance of Gen. Alkali, debating the allegations by Dr Idris Ahmed of CUPS that the Army was not concerned. Chukwu’s statement read: “That Maj Gen IM Alkali (N/8353) retired from service after 35 years, one month and 3 days of meritorious service to his fatherland. His terminal leave commenced on June 13, 2018.
Chukwu further stated that on receiving the report from his wife, the NA attached an intelligence officer to the family to act as a liaison officer. The statement further noted: “The officer was also to obtain as much details from the family to aid investigation. That Telephone Service Providers were immediately contacted to furnish the NA with the missing senior officer phone call records.
“That in the course of the search for the missing senior retired military officer, sources informed that he may have been killed and his body and car dumped into a deep mining pit around Du District of Jos South Local Government Area. That since receiving the report of the missing retired senior NA officer, the COAS has directed that no stone should be left unturned to locate and rescue the officer.
“That despite several attempts to distract the NA from continuing the search either through the sponsorship of protest by women, preventing the delivery of logistics equipment by the locals as well as through biased and outright false reportage by so called ‘freedom fighters’ like Idris Ahmed, the NA has not relented in its resolve to make sure the retired senior officer is found and perpetrators brought to book.
“That so far, the suspected mining pit is being drained to enable troops get to the bottom of the pond. That the claims by Idris Ahmed that the NA is unconcerned and also sponsored the disappearance of the retired senior officer is to say the least imbecilic, childish and completely out of sync with reality. Against this backdrop, the Army challenged Idris Ahmed to provide evidence to support his infantile claims and advise him to stop playing politics with the life of an individual.
“That Idris Ahmed should report back to his handlers and sponsors that he has failed in carrying out their directive to smear the image of the COAS, Lt Gen TY Buratai as well as the Nigerian Army.” The Army Spokesperson also urged the public to disregard the publications and continue to give the military the needed support and cooperation.