How Gen Alkali Was Killed In Jos- Army Investigator

Major General Umaru Ibrahim Muhammed (rtd) who was assigned by the Nigerian Army to conduct search and rescue operation after General Idris Alkali was declared missing in 2018 has told the court how Gen Alkali was murdered in Dura-Du village, Jos South local government of Plateau state.

Gen Muhammed who gave testimony at the Jos high court, on Wednesday, as principal witness, stated that the late Gen Alkali was gruesomely murdered and his body dismembered before he was buried in shallow grave.

He said: “Late Gen Alkali left Abuja for Bauchi enroute Jos in 2018, while on transit, he made the last call around Dura, Du village in Jos South. And from that moment his phone went off. He never got to Bauchi and he could not be accessed on phone. Three days after, his family had to declare him missing on 3rd of September 2018.

“I was the garrison commander with the 3 division of the Nigerian Army, and I was tasked to conduct a search and rescue operation. My task was to do three things; to find Gen Alkali dead or alive, to find his vehicle black Toyota Corolla with MUN 679 AA and to find whoever is responsible for his sudden disappearance.

“I was given one Major General and 30 soldiers to carry out the task. We search all the hospital, Police station without result. We went to MTN for search and discovered that his phone was switched off in Dura, Du village. That was how we centered our search operations in that village.

“In the village we searched about 32 mining ponds, but information available to us made us to concentrate on the particular one. But the youths of the village mobilised about 500 women to protest against us searching the pond. But in spite of those initial resistance from the locals we continued with our assigned task.

“We had to go to Taraba state to get Fire service trucks and some divers from Bauchi and after intensive labor for two weeks, we succeeded in evacuating water from the pond and on the 29th of September discovered Gen Alkali Toyota Corolla from the pond. Inside the vehicle we saw his uniform, shirt, shoe, cap with his name on them.

“We continued our search in the pond, on the 1st of October, we saw a bus in the pond whose driver was declared missing 7 years earlier. We also saw a Rover car red color, the owner resides in Bisichi, he was declared missing in the same village. Inside that pond were Tipper lorry, Tricycles, motorcycles etc.

“Having discovered his vehicle, the next is to find his body. We intensified in our intelligence, and got one of the suspects who led us to the shallow grave where the remains of Gen Alkali was initially buried by the killers. The suspects confessed that after killing Gen Alkali, he body was dragged round the village before taking him to a location called “no man’s land” and buried him in shallow grave.

“We went to Abuja to bring our sniffer dog, we cultured the dog with his shirt for 3 days. Then we took the dog to “no man’s land”. We discovered they had already moved the body from that grave.

“Further search made us to understand that the killers got the service if a mortician who evacuated the body and packaged it in two bags. We got the mortician, he led us to one Mr Stephen, and Mr Stephen eventually led us to
another village called Buchwet which is 10km away from Dura-Du. That was where the remains of Gen Alkali was dumped, we recovered the body on the 30th October 2018.

“To be sure the body we recover was that of Gen Alkali, we contracted a renowned pathologist to carryout thorough examination on the remains. The pathologists rearranged the entire body to show us how he was killed.

“Study shows that the killers sliced the skull into two, and pieces all parts of his body. That showed us he was gruesomely murdered by the suspects. The pathologist further requested for Gen Alkali ex-ray from the wife, and it march what we recovered. He also went to the shallow grave where Gen Alkali was first buried to fetch the sand from the grave to also confirmed the petsone buried there was Gen Alkali”.

The second witness, Major Arashinga Bulus, a serving in NA Abuja also told the court about his his role in the investigation even as he confirmed the 21 suspects as those arrested in connection to the killing of Gen Alkali.

After the testimony of the two witnesses, the court adjourned the case to 6th November to take additional witnesses.

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