31st October, 2018
The Nigerian Army has recovered the body of the missing Gen. Idris Alkali.
The body was found in an abandoned well in Guchwet, Jos South LG, said Brig. Gen. Umar Mohammed, the Garrison Commander 3 Division of the Nigerian Army.
Alkali was the former Chief of Administration, Army Headquarters Abuja. He was declared missing on his way to Bauchi after leaving Abuja in the morning of Sept. 3.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.Gen. Tukur Buratai, set up an operation to search for him.
The army said that after a thorough search and investigation, they narrowed their search to a mining pond in Dura-Du in Jos South local government of Plateau.
After two weeks of draining the pond, the car of the missing general and two other cars were recovered. Also a Toyota bus was fished out of the pond.
Brig. Gen. Umar Mohammed, Garrison Commander 3 Division Nigeria Army, said that they were led to the well by one of those suspects earlier arrested in connection with the crime.
He said that the operation was jointly carried out by men of the Nigeria Police and the Fire Service.
Umar said that with the recovery of the body, they were left with one task to ensure that those declared wanted in connection with the crime were brought to book.
“The COAS gave us three terms of reference, to get the missing senior officer dead or alive, to recover his car and to ensure that those who committed the crime were punished.
“We have today fulfilled the second condition, we will not rest until we meet the third.
“We want to assure those that are on the run to know that we are on their trail and we must get them,” he vowed.
The body of the missing general was moved into an ambulance after military parade by his course mates.
Many arrests were made and the district head of Dura was declared wanted. He gave himself up to the police.