The Nigerian Army said retired Major General Idris Alkali, whose body was found today, would be given a befitting burial. The leader of the operation search and rescue, Brigadier General Umar Mohammed, said a parade and befitting burial would be held for the retired former Chief of Administration in the Nigerian Army. The body of Alkali, who was declared missing since September was found in a well in Guchwet village in Shen district of Jos South.
The retired Army general was travelling to his home in Bauchi through Plateau state. Following his reported disappearance, the Plateau State Police Command on October 25, declared the District Head of Dura Du Village in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State and seven others wanted.The suspects were declared wanted after preliminary investigations indicating that they masterminded the abduction, assault and caused the disappearance of the retired army officer.
The Nigerian Army on September 20, 2018, began a search and rescue operation and troops from the 3 Division were deployed to Dura Du village. Commander of the division and leader of the search mission, Brigadier-General Umar Mohammed, said that preliminary investigation showed that the missing officer’s vehicle was seen close to a pond in the area. Nine days later, the army found the vehicle in the pond. When it was pulled out, some items belonging to the major general were found but he wasn’t in the vehicle.
The 58-year-old Major General enlisted as Officer Cadet at the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1980 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1983. He was posted to the Infantry Corps on commission but was redeployed to the Intelligence Corps. Idris holds two master’s degrees from the US National Defense University (NDU) in Washington DC – the first is Master of Science in National Security Strategy obtained from the National War College while the second is Master of Arts in Strategic Security Studies obtained from the College of International Security Affairs.
He also holds a Graduate Certificate in International Counterterrorism from NDU, a bachelor’s degree in War Studies from University of Baluchistan, Quetta, Pakistan; and a Postgraduate Diploma, in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster, London, UK.