Thirteen (13) suspects has been arrested by the Nigerian Army in connection with missing of Maj.-Gen. Idris Alkali (retd) to newsmen in Jos.
This was confirmed by Brig.-Gen. Umar Muhammed, Garrison Commander, 3 Division, Nigeria Army, Rukuba, near Jos, who told newsmen that the suspects have been handed over to the Police.
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has set up a search operation for the missing general.
The army authorities said that after a thorough investigation, they narrowed the search to a mining pond in Dura-Du in Jos South Local Government of Plateau.
After two weeks of draining water from pond, Alkali’s car and two others were recovered from the pond.
Muhammed stated that a “cordon and search’’ operation was conducted in the community and some people were apprehended.
He said “They were moved to the barracks where they were screened, profiled and interrogated. “These suspects will be handed over to the Nigeria Police for further investigation and prosecution.
“The persons to be handed over to police include those who were in possession of fire arms without license.
“Those who heard and saw the criminals that stopped the retired senior officer and those that pushed his vehicle into the pond but failed to report these criminal acts to the security agencies will also be handed over.”
According to him, efforts are being intensified to arrest them as their photographs and personal details are with relevant security agencies.
He urged members of the community who had deserted the area and had nothing to do with the disappearance of the general to return to their homes.
Muhammed assured that no harm would come to them, but vowed that those who had anything to do with the incident would be brought to book.