Declaring Missing General dead; Group blasts CUPS for pitching Army against Plateau people

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The Plateau Peace and Justice Forum has called on the Nigerian Army to ignore attempts by some mischief makers to cause confusion in the state of Plateau over the missing Major General Idris Alkali (retired).

Alkali, a former Chief of Administration, Army Headquarters, Abuja, was declared missing on the 3rd of September.

During the weekend, the Nigerian Army discovered Major Alkali’s vehicle in at a pond in Lafendeg Du, Plateau State.

Speaking on the development, the group noted with regrets that some persons were hell-bent on ruining the peace on the Plateau by sponsoring negative campaigns on social media.

The group said it was inhuman, insensitive and irresponsible for the Citizens United for Peace and Stability, CUPS, led by Idris Ahmed to declare Major Alkali (retired) dead to an extent that he was already expressing his condolence to the distraught family.

CUPS had claimed the army was unconcerned on the missing Maj Gen Alkali was complicit in his disappearance.

Alexander Mamedu esq, President, Plateau Peace and Justice Forum said Ahmed, while addressing newsmen in Jos, on Sunday, said Ahmed was only out to pitch the Nigerian Army against the people of Plateau State.

Mamedu said, “We have read where Idris Ahmed claimed that General Alkali resigned from the Army “because he could not tolerate the rampant corruption and the satanic cultism that was going on at the highest level of the military hierarchy” yet he reportedly have an interview with the missing person’s mother who clearly stated that he has served the Army for 35 years.

“He would have thus necessarily retire from the Army based on the duration of his service and could not have resigned for the reasons hallucinated by Ahmed.

“The alarm we are raising about this individual is not unfounded. We are beginning to see what we fear in the comments reacting to Idris Ahmed’s Facebook posts. The comments clearly showed that he is continuing with his objective of instigating the people against the Army and the Army against the people while things have further taken a bad turn with the Berom ethnic nationality in Plateau state becoming the target of hate speech.

“Idris Ahmed’s followers, Fatima A Santuraki and Awwal Yusuf have openly called for a pogrom against Beroms. This is highly unacceptable and we pray that no one takes it into their head to begin attacking innocent people based on Ahmed’s incitement.

“There is a limit to the positive outcomes we can wish for under the circumstances, but since Idris Ahmed has declared Major General Idris Alkali (retired) dead, we wish to appeal to him to allow the dead to rest in peace.

“He should also allow the Nigerian Army to do its job without instigating strife and unnecessary apprehensions in the land. The Army under Buratai has proven to be a friend of the Plateau people and must not allow the activities of criminal elements to sow any seed of discord between that institution and our people.

“The full investigation that has been commissioned should be allowed to run its course undistracted. We support the investigation and the Army’s quest to unravel the truth. The Army began its investigation long before Idris Ahmed’s contradictions and peddling of falsehood began so we will not set stock in his antics.

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