The alleged grave where missing General Alkali was buried after he was killed, has been discovered by the officers of the Nigerian Army.
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 shallow grave was confirmed by four independent sources in the community and also by sniffer dogs.
Alkhali’s car had earlier been recovered from a mining pond at Dura-Du village in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.
A blood-stained T-shirt, a boxer short and a pair of shoes believed to belong to the general were found in the car.
Since the discovery of the car, there have been fears the military could attack the community in retaliation.
Thisday report that,suspects who aided in exhuming the general’s remains have been apprehended and are now helping in the investigations.
The suspects were accompanied by the lawyer representing the community, Matthew Godfree. district head of Dura-Du, Mr. Yakubu Rapp, who were declared wanted by the Police in connection with the incident, have also turned themselves in.
Addressing newsmen on Friday on the efforts to recover the body of the general, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3rd Armored Division, Major General Benson Akinroluyo, said initial credible intelligence revealed that his car was stopped and he introduced himself as a general to the hoodlums who had barricaded the road, and that he was just passing through to Bauchi, adding that the Senior Officer was assaulted and killed.
He said, “Thereafter, his belongings such as clothing, cash, phones and laptop were shared by those who killed him. His body was dragged before being moved to somewhere else and his car was driven and pushed into the abandoned mining pit filled with water. The irate youths who followed his car to the abandoned mining pit filled with water on many tricycles popularly known as “Keke NAPEP” jubilated for reason best known to them or for mission accomplished. He was later buried in a shallow grave in an area popularly known as, “No man’s land” within the community.”
“He added; “Only few trusted members of the community knew where his corpse was relocated to. The specialist is currently in our custody. Again, this is an attempt to cover up the heinous crime committed by the community. There exist other evidence and indicators that pointed to the fact that those who were involved in the killing of the Senior Officer are being supported and backed by Community leaders within the Dura-Du district.