Gen. Alkali: Gov. Lalong pays condolence visit to Gen. Buratai

Plateau Governor Simon Lalong
Condolence visit over Alkali:Above Plateau Governor Simon Lalong with Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai at the Army headquarters in Abuja on Monday

Governor of Plateau State Simon Lalong Monday paid a condolence visit to Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai at the Army Headquarters in Abuja over the death of Maj Gen Idris Alkali.

Alkali, who recently retired from the army had left Abuja on 3 September. His destination was Bauchi.

He never reached there as he was captured in Dura-Du, a community in Jos South local government of Plateau state, killed and his remains later thrown into an abandoned well.

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The army had declared him missing and intelligence tips had made a search and rescue team to focus on a mining pond in Dura-Du.

Governor Lalong signs the visitors register

After days of draining the pond, Alkali’s car and other personal effects were recovered, along with three other vehicles and a bus. But his body was not found there, making the military to step up investigation.

Military officers during the visit

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After the arrests of some members of the community, the investigators were first led to a shallow grave, where it was found that Alkali’s body had been exhumed.

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Further probe and the arrests of six persons, including the district head, out of eight declared wanted, led the army to the abandoned well, about 10 kilonetres where Alkali’s car had been found.

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Alkali’s body was then taken to the military hospital in Jos, from where it was brought to Abuja on Saturday 3 November burial at Gudu Cemetery.

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