- The Nigerian Army has promised to find the missing Major-General Alkali
- The Army said it has recovered another car from the pond where his own car was found
- It claimed there were other things in the pond ready to be found
The Nigeria Army has pulled out another vehicle from the mining pond in Dura Du, Jos, where missing Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd) car was found on Saturday, September 29.
The search operation, jointly carried out by Operation Safe Haven and 3 Division Nigeria Army, Rukuba, made the second discovery on Tuesday, October 2.
It would be recalled that Alkali, the immediate past chief of administration, Army Headquarters, Abuja, was declared missing on September 3. He was said to have gone missing on his way to Bauchi after leaving Abuja in the morning.
Consequently, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai set up an operation to search for the missing general.
The army said that after a thorough search and investigation, the army stumbled on some intelligence that made it necessary to search the water body.
Maj.-Gen. Agustine Agundu, commander of Operation Safe Haven, told a news conference that a Toyoto Hiace Bus with registration number Plateau, RYM 307 XA, was pulled out of the pond, adding that there were more mysteries in the water. He said that the army under the directive of Buratai, was determined to uncover the mysteries.
“It is a sad moment for us for any right thinking Nigerian to think that crime is being committed almost on daily basis. It took the efforts of the joint operation to make the startling discoveries,” he said.
The commander confirmed that there were three more cars in the pond and that the joint operation would pull them out one after the other. He said that there were probabilities that there were other things under the water.
Also speaking, Maj.-Gen. Benson Akinruluyo, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division, Nigeria Army, Rukuba, said that the Army experienced technical challenges in the operation. He allayed fears of the surrounding communities that they would be dealt with after the discoveries.
“There is no need for them to fear, however, we have recovered the vehicle we still need to find him or his body. We are asked to find him dead or alive. The community can tell us where they kept him or his body; we will not stop until we find him or his body,” Akinruluyo stressed.
Legit.ng had reported that the search for Idris Alkali, a missing retired major-general seems to be almost over as the Nigerian Army has revealed that his vehicle has been found inside a pond in Plateau state.
Alkali, former chief of Administration, Army headquarters, Abuja, was declared missing on September 3. He was on his way to Bauchi after leaving Abuja in the morning.
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The Army disclosed this in news flash on its Facebook handle on Saturday, September 29.
"Joint Task Force constituted by COAS Lt Gen TY Buratai comprising officers and soldiers from 3 Division Quick Response Team, Operation Safe Haven, Nigeria Police Force, Vehicle Inspection Office, Fire Service, as well as local divers have found the vehicle belonging to Maj Gen Alkali RTD at a pond in Paddock in Lafendeg Du Plateau state," the Army wrote.
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