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Despite setbacks, Army intensifies search for Gen. Alkali

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•Chinese company forced to stop drainage of pond
•Motor part discovered but no concrete clue yet

Jude Johnson

The Nigerian Army has intensified its search and rescue operations to unravel the fate of Maj-Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd) who was declared missing on September 4, 2018. He was travelling to Bauchi from Abuja but was last heard from near Jos, Plateau State in North Central Nigeria.

But Army had in its latest update on Search and rescue Operations for Alkali, said all their efforts have been met with several difficulties.

In its Facebook account HQ Nigerian Army and Twitter handle @HQNigerianArmy, Army stated that in its quest to unravel the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Gen. Alkali has been conducting several search and rescue operations around the last known location of the missing senior officer.

Photo highlights of the search and rescue operation:

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To this end, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, has constituted a Joint Task Force comprising officers and soldiers from 3 Division Quick Response Team, Operation Safe Haven, Nigeria Police Force, Vehicle Inspection Office, Fire Service, as well as Local Divers.

But the Army authorities have said that “several logistics issues including sabotage from the host communities have hampered the success of the operation. Due to the terrain in the general areas of Paddock in Lafendeg Du Plateau State, the task force consulted a Chinese construction company working in that area who promised to assist in drilling out water from the pond where it was suspected that the vehicle belonging to the senior officer was pushed into.”

“However, the Chinese company was forced to withdraw from their services due to continuous threats and protest by women in the community clad in black dresses.”

According to the update, the Task Force in the midst of the challenges continued with its search and rescue operation which led to the recovery of an 18-Seater Hummer Bus door.

“This discovery indicates that there could be other vehicles in the same pond hence the continued protest by the community. Suffice to add that the NA would not relent in its search and rescue Operation until the retired general is found,” the update said.


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