Friday, 26 October 2018
Breaking News: Missing General was Killed and Buried by His Abductors
The Nigerian Army said it had discovered a shallow grave where a missing major general, Muhammad Alkali, was buried after he was killed.
The army said the body was later exhumed and reburied somewhere else by the killers, according to the information provided to it by some of the arrested suspects.
According to the army, the little tomb was confirmed by four independent sources in society and also by sniffer dogs.
According to a Premium Times correspondent who visited the area of the shallow grave reports that there is a distance of one kilometer between the main road and the location of the grave.
Mr Alkali was the immediate past chief of administration of the Nigerian Army. He was declared missing on September 3 when he was traveling from Abuja to Bauchi State. He is believed to have been killed by his abductors.
The discovery of the missing general's car was found weeks ago in a community's pound after it was drained.
A blood-stained T-shirt, a boxer short and a pair of shoes believed to belong to the general were found in the car.
Siden de discovery of the car, there have been fears that the military could attack the community in retaliation.
A day after the car was found, the army was fired from the Dura Du community and arrested 30 suspects in connection with the suspected murder of the general.
Apart from the discovery of the missing car, two other vehicles were also recovered from the pound.
After the 30 suspects were arrested, residents of society fled for fear of military action, but the army pledged to carry out the search with respect for human rights.
On Friday, a major general, B.A. Akinruluyo, the General Officer Commanding, 3 Division, Rukuba Barracks, narrated how the shallow grave was discovered.
"Please note that four different sources were not known to each other at various times. We took to the opened shallow grave where the senior officer was earlier buried but subsequently removed," he said.
"Furthermore, sniffer dogs that have been cultivated with the personal effects of the top officer led us to the same same open-scale graves. That was the only grave we were led to by different people and sniffer dogs. We did not go to any other grave as the operation was carried out based on credible intelligence.
"Like i always say, the cordon and search operation is intelligence driven and that's why the operation has been conducted in line with international best practices and respect for human rights. This further explains why the (army) division did not clamp down on the whole community. Only the perpetrators are being targeted.
"At this point, let me reiterate that all the actors involved in this dastardly act are all that are still known to us. All efforts have been made to arrest them and bring them to justice as their photographs and personal information are relevant sikkerhetsbyråer.
"The cordon and search operation conducted by own troops has really exposed the heinous crimes being committed by the few but fully supported and concealed by the entire community. I wish future members of the public for their cooperation and still solicit for anyone with credible information about where the senior officer was reburied. It is the civil responsibility of the Dura-Du community that produces the corpse of the deceased senior officer and those involved in the killing of the senior officer.
"Finally, the Division wishes to emphasize its compliance with the principles and respect for human rights in its constitutional roles. It further calls on all in its area to be vigilant and report any suspensions of peace to security agencies," the General said.