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Nigerian Army recovers Hiace 14- seater bus from pond where General Alkali’s car was found on Saturday

Valentine Chinyem

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A white Toyota Hiace bus with plate number RYM 307 XA has been recovered by men of the Nigerian Army in the pond Dura-Du area of Jos South Local Government area of Plateau State.

The bus and its driver were reported to have gone missing three months ago.

The army is on a search and rescue mission for retired army Major-General Idris Alkali, who went missing some days ago.

General Alakali who was the immediate past Director of Adninistration, Nigeria Army Headquaters, before his retiredment was traveling was said to be traveling to Bauchi.

His mobile phone was tracked to Dura-Du and upon further investigations, reports indicated that he might have been killed and his car dumped into the pond.

Commander of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) Maj.-Gen. Augustine Agundu, who addressed reporters yesterday at the pond site, said: “The local divers confirmed that three more cars are inside the pond, and we will remove them one after the other.

“It is a sad moment for us, for any right thinking Nigerian to think that crime is being committed almost daily. It took the efforts of the joint operation to make the discoveries.”

General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3 Division, Rukuba, Maj.-Gen. Benson Akinruluyo, said the Army experienced technical challenges in the operation.

He, however, allayed fears that the communities would be dealt with after the discoveries.

“There is no need for them to fear. We have recovered the vehicle but we still need to find his body. We were asked to find him dead or alive. The community can tell us where they kept him or his body; we will not stop until we find him or his body,” Akinruluyo said.

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