Search for missing General not a punitive expedition - Army

Search for missing General not a punitive expedition - Army

- Residents of Plateau state have been assured that the search for the missing Nigerian Army general would not be punitive

- The Army said some claims and reports about the search operation on the missing general is unfounded

- According to the Army, the intensified effort was aimed at locating the retired senior officer’s whereabouts in line with the Army’s core values and global best military practices

The Nigerian Army says its search and find operation for the missing retired Major General Idris Alkali at Du village of Jos South local government area of Plateau is by no means a punitive expedition as being expressed in some quarters.

It said its attention had been drawn to unfounded and unsubstantiated news about the search and find operation trending on several platforms.

A statement issued by Major General Nuhu Angbazo, the Chief of Military/Civil Affairs, on Wednesday, October 10, said rather, the intensified effort was aimed at locating the retired senior officer’s whereabouts in line with the Army’s cherished core values and global best military practices.

General Alkali was declared missing on September 3 and since then the Army had been trying to locate his whereabouts.

Abgbazo express displeasure at attempt by some “unscrupulous and mischievous elements who wrongly pre-empt the operation and paint the army in bad light without waiting to hear the final outcome of the operation.”

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“All citizens are therefore enjoined to go about their lawful duties without harbouring any fear as the Nigerian Army remains resolute and committed to ensuring the safety of lives and property of all citizens," he said.

The chief of military/civil affairs, therefore, caution against withholding of useful information that could assist in the search effort.

He urged the public to “boldly come forward” with any useful information about the whereabouts of the missing retired senior officer.

“The Nigerian Army will respect and ensure the protection of their privacy and confidentiality. Members of the public are urged to report any allegation of human rights violation in the course of the ongoing search operation to the Nigerian Army Call Centre on emergency number or the Nigerian Army Human Rights Desk on GSM number – 08034490803 and 193,” Angbazo advised.

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Meanwhile, previously reported that some protesters on Tuesday, October 9, stormed the streets of Jos, Plateau state to protest the killings in the state.

The protesters who shutdown commercial activities in the popular Jos city called for the prosecution of those behind these killings.

The protesters, under the aegis of The Faithful, a group of clergymen, also want owner of the deadly mining pond in Dura Du, where the car belonging to the missing General Idris Alkali (rtd) was found arrested and prosecuted.

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