Gen. Al­kali: More chill­ing dis­cov­er­ies, rev­e­la­tions

Sunday Trust - - NEWS -

Se­cu­rity agents walk­ing vi­cious look­ing snif­fer dogs have be­come a fa­mil­iar sight around parts of the now de­serted com­mu­ni­ties of Du Dis­trict in Jos South Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of Plateau State. An eerie feel­ing of si­lence and fear has now re­placed the once bois­ter­ous life in the com­mu­nity. What re­mains of Dura-Du to­day is noth­ing short of empty streets, heav­ily chained shops, de­serted houses and a dead, un­com­fort­able si­lence.

De­spite as­sur­ances by the Nige­rian Army for the peo­ple to re­turn, Dura-Du is al­most a ghost town.

The use of snif­fer dogs has led the army to a shal­low grave said to be where Ma­jor-Gen­eral Idris Al­kali (rtd) whose car was found in a pond around the area, was ini­tially buried. He was miss­ing since Septem­ber 3. The Gen­eral Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing (GOC) 3 Ar­moured Di­vi­sion, Maxwell Kobe Can­ton­ment in Rukuba, near Jos, Ma­jor-Gen­eral Ben­son Ak­in­roluyo told jour­nal­ists that four dif­fer­ent sources not known to each other had at var­i­ous times took mem­bers of the search and res­cue team to the shal­low grave at a place called “No man’s land.”

A visit re­vealed a vast area cov­ered with tall grasses and corn fields. The Gar­ri­son Com­man­der of the 3 Ar­moured Di­vi­sion, Bri­gadier-Gen­eral Umar Muhammed who is also the of­fi­cer in-charge of the Search and Res­cue team con­sti­tuted by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen­eral Tukur Bu­ratai said the snif­fer dogs had led the army to the lo­ca­tion and then be­gan to hover around the shal­low grave.

Os­ten­si­bly, shortly af­ter Al­kali’s ve­hi­cle was re­cov­ered on Septem­ber 29, his corpse was ex­humed and re­buried in a new lo­ca­tion, per­haps with the as­sis­tance of a “spe­cial­ist.”

“The spe­cial­ist is cur­rently in our cus­tody. Again, this is an at­tempt to cover up the heinous crime com­mit­ted by the com­mu­nity. There ex­ist other ev­i­dence and in­di­ca­tors that pointed to the fact that those who were in­volved in the killing of the se­nior of­fi­cer are be­ing sup­ported and backed by com­mu­nity lead­ers within the Dura-Du Dis­trict,” said Gen­eral Ak­in­ruloyo.

But this is not the first time such a cover up of such mag­ni­tude is tak­ing place, said fam­i­lies of vic­tims killed along Dura-Du and have al­luded that com­mu­nity lead­ers some­times col­lude with the sus­pects.

The fam­ily of the owner of the red Rover ve­hi­cle with Bauchi reg­is­tra­tion num­ber AG 645 TRR which was also pulled from the pond on the same day a Toy­ota Hi­ace bus with a Plateau reg­is­tra­tion num­ber RYM 307 XA was re­cov­ered said their un­cle and his friend had been tricked into vis­it­ing Du and im­me­di­ately killed in 2013.

Yusuf Abubakar stated that his un­cle, Al­haji Lawal Isa, a land agent was re­ported miss­ing on 31st Jan­uary 2013 af­ter he was in­vited by one Da Chuwang, said to be a vil­lage head in Du and one Gyang Davou to visit the area on the pre­tense that they wanted to buy land from him.

He said about five of the sus­pects in­clud­ing Chuwang were ar­rested but stated that, “they were later re­leased be­cause one of them is now on the po­lice wanted list in con­nec­tion with the dis­ap­pear­ance of Gen­eral Al­kali.”

Thir­teen peo­ple have been ar­rested and handed over to the po­lice in con­nec­tion with Gen­eral Al­kali’s case. Later, eight peo­ple in­clud­ing a man the po­lice re­ferred to as the Dis­trict Head of Dura have been de­clared wanted. How­ever, the po­lice on Fri­day evening con­firmed that shortly af­ter the army dis­closed the lo­ca­tion of the opened shal­low grave, the wanted Dis­trict Head, Yakubu Rap sub­mit­ted him­self for in­ter­ro­ga­tion at the head­quar­ters.

Two hours later, the Plateau State Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, DSP Ty­opev Terna stated that Ti­mothy Chuwang, Mathew Chuwang and Stephen Chuwang had also sub­mit­ted them­selves for in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

Ti­mothy based on army records is said to be a tip­per driver and a sand ven­dor who was iden­ti­fied to have driven Gen­eral Al­kali’s car to Dura vil­lage and sub­se­quently pushed it into the aban­doned min­ing pond. Stephen a sur­veyor/busi­ness man ac­cord­ing to the army had par­tic­i­pated in the meet­ing held to re­lo­cate the corpse of the se­nior of­fi­cer from a shal­low grave to else­where af­ter his car was found in the aban­doned min­ing pond.

But the Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of Berom Youth Moul­ders As­so­ci­a­tion, Jatau Davou had ear­lier said though the or­gan­i­sa­tion was still study­ing the list of the wanted per­sons, most of the sus­pects were un­known to them.

“The 52-year-old Dis­trict Head, Yakubu Rap said to be wanted by the po­lice is un­known to us, we don’t know any­body with such a name be­cause Dura has no sub­stan­tive Dis­trict Head as far as we now, there is an on­go­ing tus­sle re­gard­ing the stool,” he said.

He how­ever ac­cused the mil­i­tary of be­ing in­sin­cere to the peo­ple of the Dura Du com­mu­nity ex­plain­ing that ask­ing the peo­ple to re­turn to their homes was a ploy to trick them into get­ting ar­rested.

The army said based on cred­i­ble in­tel­li­gence, the re­tired mil­i­tary of­fi­cer had been stopped by the hood­lums who bar­ri­caded the road while on his way from Abuja to Bauchi and that he had in­tro­duced him­self as a gen­eral.

“De­spite that, the hood­lums had as­saulted and killed him there­after his be­long­ings such as cloth­ing, cash, phones and lap­top were shared among them and his body dragged be­fore be­ing moved to some­where else while his car was driven and pushed into the aban­doned min­ing pit filled with wa­ter,” Gen­eral Ak­in­roluyo said.

The GOC stated that “the irate youths who fol­lowed his car to the aban­doned min­ing pit filled on many tri-cy­cles pop­u­larly known as ‘Keke NAPEP’ ju­bi­lated for rea­son best known to them or for “mis­sion ac­com­plished.”

Fresh dis­cov­er­ies are be­ing un­earthed in the case of the miss­ing re­tired Ma­jor-Gen­eral Idris Al­kali around Du Dis­trict in Plateau State.

From Lami Sadiq & Dick­son S. Adama, Jos The Gar­ri­son Com­man­der, 3 Ar­moured Di­vi­sion, Bri­gadier- Gen­eral Umar Mo­hammed who is also the of­fi­cer-in-charge of the search and res­cue oper­a­tion for Ma­jor Gen­eral IM Al­kali (rtd) guides jour­nal­ists to the shal­low grave where the re­mains of Al­kali was ear­lier buried be­fore it was ex­humed and moved to a se­cret lo­ca­tion by a se­lected few in the com­mu­nity.

Yusuf Abubakar said his un­cle, Alh. Lawal Isa, the owner of the red Rover car re­cov­ered from the Du pond on Oc­to­ber 3 was killed along­side his friend in Du and the in­ci­dent re­ported to the Po­lice on Jan­uary 31 2013.

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