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Gen. Alkali’s death: Plateau governor Lalong begs Army for mercy

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Buratai condemns political, traditional leaders’ silence in in the face of killings

Godsgift Onyedinefu

 

The Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, has paid a condolence visit to the Army Headquarters, with a plea for mercy over the murder of the immediate past Chief of Administration, Maj-Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd).

 

Alkali was reportedly killed in Dara-du, Jos South Local Government Area (LGA) of the state and  his remains was dug out of an abandoned on October 31, a month after he was declared missing.

Lalong in his meeting with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS),  Lt-Gen  Tukur Buratai, in Abuja on Monday, appealed to the Nigerian Army not to get discouraged with the ugly incidence that took place in Plateau state, while describing it as an unusual incidence.

“This visit is unusual to us because it is happening at an unusual moment, and it is a sad moment for us. On behalf of the government of plateau state accept our condolence,” he said.

 

The Governor added that the Nigerian Army has done her best in restoring peace in Plateau State.

 

Buratai while responding, stated that security is quite fundamental and is one of the purposes of the governors as chief security officers of their states, and that without security many things will go wrong.

 

 

He also advised the government of Plateau state to ensure they take decisive action against lawlessness in the state, while ensuring that those arrested in the killing of Alkali  are prosecuted  and brought to justice.

 

Buratai while appreciating the governor and the other members of the delegation, said: “The ball is now in your court. We will appreciate if the case is given diligent prosecution and the culprits brought to book. We will appreciate the governor to personally monitor the prosecution”.

The COAS told the delegation made up of the State Exco, Legislators and others that, “Major General Idris Alkali was an officer that cannot hurt a fly. He was an easy going officer who remained always focused and determined at all times. He was very careful even about his utterances. We will really miss him. His family will miss him more.

“It is very unfortunate that after retiring and we are hoping he was going to rest, the same society that he gave his all for is the same society that has taken his life.”

 

The COAS however, condemned political and traditional leaders in the face of the killing of innocent Nigerians, especially atrocities committed against law abiding citizens across the country.

 
He challenged leaders to always come open and condemn every criminality in any part of Nigeria, noting that their silence is bad, stressing that leaders of such communities where this happened either keep sealed lips or do not condemn such barbarism.
 

He said: “One of the purposes of government is security. If there is no security, the peace and development required for the society to grow will not be there because of the security breaches that will occur.

“In many places, these breaches have been there for so long because authorities who are supposed to take care of security of their citizens have reneged on their duties. The issue here is not only about General Alkali but also many others which have gone unnoticed.”

Buratai cited an instance where one of the vehicles that was recovered from the Du point involved a case in 2013, noting that the police and others involved in the case have since abandoned it and declared the case inconclusive before the car was recovered by the army.

“In the same Jos, we had the Task Force all these years, other security agencies were there and nothing came out of the investigation. What this means is that there is a need to review the security architecture on the ground, not only in Jos, but other parts of the country as well. We must be decisive.

“The government and community leaders must be open in condemning and dealing with those who commit these types of atrocities on law abiding citizens because most times when there is silence maybe because of ethnic cleavages, it is seen as a tacit protection for the youths,” hed added

The Army Chief warned service commanders deployed in crisis areas that sanctions await them if security breaches are committed henceforth against Nigerians in their areas of responsibility and they fail to get those involved and ensure investigations into such misdemeanors are conclusive.


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