Alkali: Senate calls for investigation, arrest of suspects in case of missing General

The Senate has called on the Federal Government to constitute a panel
to investigate the disappearance of retired Major General, Idris
Alkali and the recovery of some vehicles from a mining pond in
Plateau.

The Senate made the call via a resolution passed on Wednesday,
following a motion moved by Sen. Mohammed Hassan (APC-Yobe South) and
seconded by the Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremandu.

NAN reports that about four vehicles have so far been pulled out of
the mining pond by investigators searching for the retired army
officer who mysteriously disappeared on Sept. 3.

One of the recovered vehicles is a Toyota car belonging to Alkali, who
was said to be travelling to Bauchi through the Du Road where the pond
is located, shortly before his disappearance.

The lawmakers urged the government, through the proposed panel, to
identify and interrogate possible suspects in the "dastardly act and
ensure the perpetrators were brought to justice''.

They said that this would serve as deterrent to other criminal
elements "in the strongest possible terms".

The senators condemned the act and urged all communities in the
neighbourhoods adjacent to the spot where the vehicles were recovered
to cooperate with security agencies in efforts to unravel the mystery.

They also urged the security agencies to intensify their efforts to
find Alkali and other missing Nigerians across the country.

While moving the motion, Hassan expressed concern over the
disappearance of commuters on the Du road, particularly Bauchi-bound
travellers, in the past few years, calling for urgent intervention to
address the situation.

He, however, commended the Nigerian Army and security agencies
involved in the search for Alkali for their thoroughness which, he
noted, led them to the pond where the vehicles were recovered.

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