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Search for missing Gen. Alkali, not a punitive expedition – Army

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Godsgift Onyedifu

The Nigerian Army stated that it’s search-and-find operation is not a punitive expedition, but is aimed at locating the missing Maj-Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd).

This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday the Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj-Gen. Nuhu Angbazo, who assured that the Army has intensified efforts to find the immediate past Chief of Army Administration.

Angbazo stressed that the ongoing search for the whereabouts of the retired Senior Officer, is in line with the Nigerian Army’s cherished core values and global best military practices.

The immediate past Chief of Army Administration, Maj-Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd) was declared missing since September 5, 2018

He said the Army’s attention was drawn to “the unfounded and unsubstantiated news trending on several online platforms, newspapers and other media/information outlets over the search operation by Nigerian Army personnel to uncover the whereabouts of the missing General”.

He expressed displeasure at attempt by some “unscrupulous and mischievous elements who wrongly pre-empt the operation and paint the army in bad light without waiting to hear the final outcome of the operation.

“All citizens are therefore enjoined to go about their lawful duties without harbouring any fear as the Nigerian Army remains resolute and committed to ensuring the safety of lives and property of all citizens.”

He urged the public to “boldly come forward” with any useful information about the whereabouts of the missing retired senior officer.

Car belonging to Maj-Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd) who was declared missing since September 5, 2018 was found by the Joint Task Force and local divers at Lafendeg Du pond in Plateau State on September 29, 2018

“The Nigerian Army will respect and ensure the protection of their privacy and confidentiality.

“Members of the public are urged to report any allegation of human rights violation in the course of the ongoing search operation to the Nigerian Army Call Centre on emergency number or the Nigerian Army Human Rights Desk on GSM number – 08034490803 and 193,”

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