Gen. Al­kali’s body se­crectly ex­humed, re­buried – Army

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - Lami Sadiq, Jos

The Nige­rian Army yes­ter­day said the body of a for­mer Chief of Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Army Head­quar­ters, Ma­jor Gen­eral Idris Al­kali (rtd.) was ex­humed from a shal­low grave in an area known as ‘No man’s land’ in Dura-Du by cer­tain mem­bers of the com­mu­nity and moved to a se­cret lo­ca­tion.

The Gen­eral Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing (GOC) 3 Ar­moured Divi­sion, Maxwell Kobe Can­ton­ment in Rukuba, near Jos, Ma­jor Gen­eral Ben­son Ak­in­roluyo, told jour­nal­ists at a press con­fer­ence that a spe­cial­ist was con­tracted by the com­mu­nity to ex­hume the corpse which was moved else­where.

‘No man’s land,’ a vast area with tall grasses and corn fields in Dura-Du com­mu­nity is es­ti­mated to be about one kilo­me­tre from the main road when Daily Trust cor­re­spon­dent and other jour­nal­ists were guided by the head of the search and res­cue oper­a­tion who is also the Gar­ri­son Com­man­der, Bri­gadier Gen­eral Umar Mo­hammed.

Gen­eral Ak­in­roluyo said the spe­cial­ist had been ar­rested and was giv­ing vi­tal in­for­ma­tion. He said soon af­ter Al­kali’s ve­hi­cle was re­cov­ered, Dura-Du com­mu­nity lead­ers had called for a meet­ing where a 10 man com­mit­tee was set up to ex­hume the corpse and re­lo­cate it to a se­cret lo­ca­tion only known to a se­lected few.

He added that, only a few trusted mem­bers of the com­mu­nity knew where the corpse was re­lo­cated. He said the spe­cial­ist told them that he only knew up to where he was asked to ex­hume the body and only a few trusted mem­bers of the com­mu­nity took it to where it was re-buried.

“It was a de­ci­sion taken by the en­tire com­mu­nity not to at­tract too much prob­lem hav­ing seen the ve­hi­cle. So he knew the body was moved but he did not par­tic­i­pate in the re­lo­ca­tion based on what he told us,” Ma­jor Gen­eral Ak­in­roluyo said.

The GOC stressed that the cor­don and search oper­a­tion con­ducted by troops had ex­posed that though the ac­tual crime was com­mit­ted by a few, it was fully sup­ported and con­cealed by the en­tire 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,” he added.

He said based on cred­i­ble in­tel­li­gence, the day the re­tired se­nior mil­i­tary of­fi­cer went miss­ing, it was re­vealed that his car was stopped and he in­tro­duced him­self as a gen­eral to the hood­lums who had bar­ri­caded the road.

“The se­nior of­fi­cer was as­saulted and killed. There­after, his be­long­ings such as cloth­ing, cash, phones and lap­top were shared by those who killed him. His body was dragged be­fore be­ing moved to some­where else and his car was driven and pushed into the aban­doned min­ing pit filled with wa­ter.”

“The irate youths who fol­lowed his car to the aban­doned min­ing pit filled with wa­ter on many tri­cy­cles pop­u­larly known as “Keke NAPEP” ju­bi­lated for rea­sons best known to them or for mis­sion ac­com­plished. He was later buried in a shal­low grave within the com­mu­nity.”

Mean­while, the wanted Dis­trict Head of Dura-Du, Yakubu Rap, who was among those de­clared wanted in con­nec­tion with the killing, turned him­self to the po­lice yes­ter­day, Daily Trust gath­ered.

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