- The Nigerian army says only three vehicles have been recovered by the military authorities in the search and rescue operation for the missing immediate past chief of army administration, Major General Idris Alkali (retired)
- Colonel Kayode Ogunsanya, the deputy director army public relations, in a statement accuses fifth columnists of trying to misinform the public about the ongoing search and rescue operation
- The military urges the people of Plateau state and the people of Dura - Du District to come forward and give credible information on the where about of the missing retired senior officer
The Nigerian army has faulted reports circulating in the social media that eleven 11 cars and two corpses had been recovered from an abandoned mining pit filled with water in the Dura - Du District of Jos south local government area of Plateau state where the search for the missing immediate past chief of army administration, Major General Idris M Alkali (retired), is ongoing.
Colonel Kayode Ogunsanya, the deputy director army public relations, in a statement on Thursday, October 4, described the social media reports as false and misleading.
The army spokesperson in setting the record straight, noted that only three vehicles have been recovered by the military authorities in the search and rescue operation.
Detailing outcome of the search, Ogunsanya said: “On 29 September 2018, a black Toyota Corolla car with the registration number KWARA MUN 670 AA, a customized white T-Shirt with Nigerian Army logo and the general’s name inscribed on it as well as a pair of canvass shoe belonging to the retired missing senior officer.
“On 2 October 2018, a white Toyota Hiace bus with registration number PLATEAU RYM 307 XA which was reported missing with the driver on 24 June 2018 and a red Rover car with registration number BAUCHI AG 645 TRR which was also allegedly reported to have been buried along with the occupants on 31 January 2013."
He called on the public to disregard rumours being circulated in the social media, adding that such reports were the work of fifth columnists trying to misinform the public about the ongoing search and rescue operation.
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The army spokesperson said a cordon and search operation is ongoing in the area with the aim of finding the retired missing senior officer either dead or alive for the purpose of re-uniting him with his family or giving him a befitting military burial if found dead.
The army urged the people of Plateau state and the people of Dura - Du District, to come forward and give credible information about the where about of the missing retired senior officer.
“This headquarters can be reached on GSM number 09074028881. Handsome reward awaits a credible informant and the source of information shall be protected," the army stated.
Below are photos of some of the items recovered by the from the abandoned mining pit in Jos.
NAIJ.com had earlier reports that the Nigerian Army evacuated water from a mining pond at Dura, Du District, Jos south local government of Plateau, in search of Idris Alkali, a missing retired major general.
Alkali, immediate past chief of administration, Army Headquarters, Abuja, was declared missing on the 3rd of September.
He was on his way to Bauchi after leaving Abuja in the morning, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Brig Gen Ibrahim Mohammed, garrison commander, 3 Division Garrison, Nigeria Army, Rukuba, Jos addressed newsmen on Thursday, September 20, shortly after the commencement of the evacuation.
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