•Clarifies on number vehicles recovered from Du pond
The Nigerian Army has promised a handsome cash reward to anyone with useful information on the whereabouts of the missing Maj-Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd) whose vehicle was recovered in a pond in Lafendeg Du, Plateau State, North Central Nigeria.
This is even as the Headquarters 3 Division Nigerian Army has clarifed on news making the rounds on social media that 11 cars and two corpses had been recovered.
The Deputy Director of Army Public Relations (DDAPR), Col. Kayode Ogunsanya, in a statement on Thursday, said the report “false and misleading”.
Kayode stated: “This Headquarters wish to appreciate members of the public for the interest they have shown in finding the above named missing retired senior officer. I wish to state unequivocally that since the commencement of the search and rescue operation as directed by Army Headquarters the following have been discovered in the abandoned mining pit filled with water.
“On September 29, 2018, a black Toyota Corolla car with the registration number KWARA MUN 670 AA, a customized white T-Shirt with Nigerian Army logo and the general’s name inscribed on it as well as a pair of canvass shoe belonging to the retired missing senior officer.
“On 2 October 2018, a white Toyota Hiace bus with registration number PLATEAU RYM 307 XA which was reported missing with the driver on 24 June 2018 and a red Rover car with registration number BAUCHI AG 645 TRR which was also allegedly reported to have been buried along with the occupants on 31 January 2013.
“The general public is hereby enjoined to disregard news being circulated on the social media to misinform the public about the ongoing search and rescue operations at it was the handiwork of the fifth columnists.”
He however, noted that a cordon and search operation is ongoing in the general area of Dura – Du District in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.
According to him, the aim of the operation is to find the retired missing senior officer either dead or alive.
Kayode said this will enable his family to re-unite with him if found alive or for the family and Nigerian Army to give him a befitting military burial if he is dead.
He further stated that some people have been arrested for further interrogation.
The DDAPR urged the people of Plateau State and most importantly the people of Dura – Du District to come forward and give credible information about the where about of the missing retired senior officer.
He said Army 3 Division headquarters can be reached on GSM number 09074028881.
To this end, he said “a handsome reward awaits a credible informant and the source of information shall be protected”.