The discovery of the car allegedly belonging to Major General Idris Alkali (Rtd) (who was declared missing since early September) in a pond in Du, Jos South LGA of Plateau State has sent shivers down the spines of residents.
According to a source, most residents were mulling mass relocation for fear of possible military action against them. It is said that the residents’ fear was hinged on past antecedents of the army when it invaded Odi in Bayelsa State and Zaki-Biam in Benue State respectively over alleged attacks on soldiers.
Alkali’s car was found without his body, a development that has further thrown the Nigerian army into confusion. The Black Toyota Corolla car driven by Alkali on the day he was declared missing was found in a pond in Du with shoes and clothes possibly belonging to him inside.
There are feelings in some quarters that Alkali may have been killed or taken into captivity by his assailants who later drove his car into a pond where it was recovered.
The search team had assured that the pond where the car was recovered would be completely drained since his body was not found in the car.
As residents continue to express fear over possible attack by the military, Special Task Force Commander in the State, Major General Augustine Agundu has however assured residents of safety saying they have nothing to fear.
General Alkali retired from service on August 7, 2018 and disappeared while on transit from Abuja to Bauchi through Jos, two weeks after retirement.