The Plateau State Police Command has declared the District Head of Dura Du Village in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State and seven others wanted in connection with the disappearance of Major General Idris Alkali (retired).
According to a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Tyopev Mathias, the suspects were declared wanted following preliminary investigations indicating that they supposedly masterminded the abduction, assault and caused the disappearance of the retired army officer.
Major General Alkali, a former chief of administration at the army headquarters, was declared missing since September 3, 2018, enroute to Bauchi State from Abuja in a black Toyota Corolla.
In a swift response, the Nigerian Army began a search and rescue operation and troops from the 3rd Division were deployed to Dura Du village.
Commander of the division and leader of the search mission, Brigadier-General Umar Mohammed, addressing the press on September 20 revealed that preliminary investigations showed that the missing officer’s vehicle was seen close to a pond in the area.
Nine days later, the army found the vehicle in the pond. When it was pulled out, some items belonging to the major general were found but he wasn’t in the vehicle.
By the 2nd of October, two other vehicles were discovered in the pond; a white Toyota Hiace bus with registration number PLATEAU RYM 307 XA which was reported missing with the driver on 24 June 2018 and a red Rover car with registration number BAUCHI AG 645 TRR equally allegedly reported to have been buried along with the occupants on 31 January 2013.
The Army had since arrested over 30 persons in connection with the Major General’s disappearance. More than three weeks later, the search to unravel the whereabouts of the missing General is on.
The Army however encourages the entire good and peace loving people of Plateau, especially the inhabitants of Dura Du District to bring forward whatever credible information may help with the whereabouts of the missing retired senior officer.