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