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Faces Of Suspects Paraded For Murder Of General Alkali

Why take another person's life with impunity? The Plateau State Police Command on Sunday paraded 19 suspects linked to the killing of a former Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Army, Maj.-Gen. Idris Alkali (retd), but did not allow journalists to interview them.

The spokesperson for the command, Matthias Tyopev, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, told journalists in Jos that while scientific investigation into the incident was still ongoing, six out of the eight suspects earlier declared wanted by the police had voluntarily surrendered themselves.

Although he was not specific on the date for their arraignment, he said that “they will be in court soon."

When asked if a DNA test had been done to ascertain that the corpse said to have been recovered was that of Alkali, Tyopev said “scientific investigation is still on; a team of medical doctors was engaged for the exercise.”

Alkali, who was said to have disappeared in questionable circumstances, was said to have retired a few weeks before he was declared missing on Monday, September 3, 2018, a day after gunmen swooped on Dura-Du and killed about 13 persons.

About three cars were said to have been recovered from a mining pond in Dura-Du District during a cordon and search operation conducted by a team of soldiers led by the Garrison Commander of the 3 Armour Division , Rukuba Barracks in Jos, Brig.-Gen. Umar Mohammed.

After weeks of conjecture, the Nigerian Army last week claimed that it had found Alkali’s corpse.

The corpse, which was buried in Abuja on Saturday, was said to have been found by the army search and rescue operation in an abandoned well in a bush at Guchwet village, Shen district of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Tyopev said, “The retired General left Abuja for Bauchi en route to Jos on September 3, 2018, and was reported missing on September 6, 2018, as he did not arrive at his destination. The case was reported at the Anglo-Jos Police Division on September 3, 2018.

“The tracking of his phones, vehicle and laptop led detectives, alongside the military, to a pond in Dura-Du in the Jos South LGA of Plateau State. On September 29, 2018, the car driven by the missing General was recovered at the pond.

“On October 17, 2018, the military handed over 13 suspects arrested in connection with the case to the Plateau State Police Command for investigation. After a painstaking interrogation, the command declared eight suspects wanted on October 21, 2018. So far, six out of the eight suspects have reported, while two are still at large.”

Among the paraded suspects were 21-year old John Alkali, who was arrested with a locally-made gun with one round of live ammunition; and Rebecca Pam (35), who lives in Doi community.

Rebecca, according to the police, “is one of the women who protested against the draining of the mining pond where Alkali’s car was recovered. She did everything to conceal the crime and pervert the course of justice.”

The police said Pam Chuwang Kim (32) “knew about the incident, was among the rampaging youths on September 3, 2018 and was at Lonpandyet with other youths.”

Another suspect, Michael James (22), the police said “witnessed the incident, saw when and how the General was killed, knew the people who killed the General, but concealed the information.”

Tyopev said, “Stanley Onuchukwu (34) owns and operates a block industry beside the pond in Dura-Du where the (General’s) car was recovered; he heard information about the pushing of the missing General’s car into the pond from his employees.

“Nenfa Jwanan (22), employed by Stanley Onuchukwu at the block industry, witnessed when the car was pushed into the pond and concealed the information until his arrest. Yakubu Rapp is the village head of Doi. The vehicle was recovered in a pond in his area. He has knowledge of the entire exercise as the youth of the area respect and obey him.”