The Nigerian Army has paid last respect to the late Chief of Administration, Maj-Gen. Idris Alkali (rtd) who was killed in Jos, Plateau state. His remains were on Saturday laid to rest at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja.
Alkali was declared missing on September 05, 2018, until a team of Nigerian Army on Search and Rescue Operation on October 31, 2018, discovered his body in Guchwet pond, Shen, Jos South Local Government Area (LGA) of the North Central State.
At the burial was the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, former Military Administrator of Lagos, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd) and former Minister of Works and Housing Alhaji Sunusi Dagash.
The funeral prayer was led by the Chief Imam of Abuja National Mosque, Dr Kabir Muhammad, amid tears with Alkali’s body wrapped in national colours as a mark of honour.
Muhammad described the situation surrounding the demise of Alkali as “very unfortunate: it is very unfortunate that Alkali died this way.
“However, we thank Allah that his body had been recovered.
“Even though it took weeks to trace the whereabouts of late Alkali’s corpse, we thank Allah, we thank the Federal Government and we thank the army for the dedication to find his body, so that he can be buried according to Islamic rites,” he said.
Alkali was declared missing on September 05, having left Abuja to Bauchi on September 03, 2018 when the last communication was established between him and his wife.
But the Army after weeks of searching and investigation, announced on September 29, 2018, the recoveries of his vehicle and personal effects from a pond at Dura-Du community in Jos South.
It later announced that Alkali was killed and buried in a shallow grave in an area popularly known as, “No man’s land” located on the outskirt of Jos metropolis.
Making this known on October 26, General Officer Commanding 3 Division, Major General Benson Akinroluyo, said suspects took troops on a search operation to the spot where the corpse of the missing officer was allegedly exhumed and reburied in an abandoned well.