Po­lice pa­rade 19 sus­pects over death of Al­kali

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - FRONT PAGE - From Odita Sun­day, La­gos and Isa Ab­dul­salami, Jos

THE Plateau State po­lice com­mand yes­ter­day pa­raded 19 sus­pects handed over to them by the mil­i­tary, stat­ing their lev­els of in­volve­ment in the dis­ap­pear­ance and death of Ma­jor Genen­eral Idris Al­kali (rtd).

The po­lice said six out of the eight sus­pects de­clared wanted in con­nec­tion with the death of Al­kali have sub­mit­ted them­selves to the com­mand, adding that two were still at large.

This was dis­closed by the Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer (PPRO) of the com­mand, DSP Mathias Terna Ty­opev, while parad­ing the six sus­pects who sub­mit­ted them­selves and 13 oth­ers who were ear­lier pa­raded by the mil­i­tary in con­nec­tion with the crime but have been handed over the po­lice.

Ty­opev gave the names of the six sus­pects who sub­mit­ted them­selves as Stephen Chuwang, Ti­mothy Chuwang, Mathew Chuwang Rwang, Yakubu Rapp, Pam Gyang Dung and Moses Gyang. The PPRO gave the as­sur­ance that ef­forts were be­ing made by the com­mand to track down the two sus­pects at large.

Ac­cord­ing to Ty­opev, Pam Gyang Dung is be­lieved to have par­tic­i­pated ac­tively in the killing of the gen­eral; Michael James saw when and how Al­kali was killed but con­cealed the in­for­ma­tion. He knew the peo­ple who killed the gen­eral. Mathew Chuwang Rwang, the youth leader, was among those who ex­humed the body from Doi Du and re­lo­cated same to Gush­wet Shen. The only fe­male among the sus­pects, Re­becca Gyang Pam, or­gan­ised a protest against the drain­ing of the pond where Al­kali’s car was re­cov­ered.

Oth­ers were ac­cused of know­ing but con­ceal­ing in­for­ma­tion about the gen­eral. Ty­opev said em­phat­i­cally that the body re­cov­ered from the aban­doned well was that of Al­kali as the pub­lic and jour­nal­ists wit­nessed the event. He said the sus­pects would be charged to court as soon as pos­si­ble ac­cord­ing to their in­volve­ment.

How­ever, the po­lice did not al­low jour­nal­ists to in­ter­act with the sus­pects. It would be re­called that the body of the gen­eral was found in an aban­doned well in a bush at Gush­wet vil­lage in Shen, Du District of Jos South Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the State on Oc­to­ber 31.

Ac­cord­ing to the Gari­son Com­man­der, 3 Di­vi­sion Rukuba Bar­rack, who also dou­bles as the com­man­der of the Search and Res­cue Op­er­a­tion, Bri­gadier Gen­eral Umar Mo­hammed, on the day the re­mains of the gen­eral was re­cov­ered, one of the sus­pects who took part in the re­lo­ca­tion of the body led the joint team of the army and po­lice to the well.

The Nige­rian Army on Sat- ur­day buried the body of Al­kali at the mil­i­tary ceme­tery in the Gudu District of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory, Abuja. Se­nior of­fi­cers, led by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Tukur Bu­ratai, held prayers at the ceme­tery be­fore low­er­ing Al­kali’s body into the grave af­ter full mil­i­tary honours were given to it.

The burial, which was con­cluded at about 3:00p.m. was also at­tended by for­mer Mil­i­tary Ad­min­is­tra­tor of La­gos, Brig.-gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), and a for­mer Min­is­ter of Works and Hous­ing, Al­haji Sanusi Da­gash.

In an­other de­vel­op­ment, mo­torists ply­ing Lekki-epe ex­press­way may now heave a sigh of re­lief as two no­to­ri­ous armed rob­bers who spe- cialised in rob­bing com­muters, Ak­pan Sa­muel and Ani Chuk­wuma, have been re­manded in Ikoyi prison af­ter their ar­raign­ment at Ig­bosere Mag­is­trate-court at the week­end.

The La­gos State po­lice spokesman, Chike Oti, said the sus­pects were ar­rested by op­er­a­tives of Maroko Po­lice di­vi­sion in Lekki, led by the DPO, Isa Ab­dul­ma­jid.

Ac­cord­ing to Oti, “the sus­pects who were nabbed on Oc­to­ber 29 by op­er­a­tives of the com­mand led by the Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer, Maroko Di­vi­sion, CSP Isah Ab­dul­ma­jid, re­vealed dur­ing in­ter­ro­ga­tion that their modus operandi was to mount the pedes­trian bridge at Maruwa bus-stop on Lekki-epe ex­press­way.

The sus­pects

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