Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong has described the killing of Major General Idris Alkali (rtd) as a setback for the peace process in the state.
Speaking to State House correspondents yesterday, he read the riot act to community and religious leaders in the state to stop protecting criminal elements in their midst.
According to him, if the community leaders had exposed the killers of Alkali earlier everything would have been solved.
He warned that from now henceforth, community leaders will be held responsible for criminal activities in their domain.
Disclosing that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved for an additional force Special Mobile Squad in the state, Lalong added that his administration had commenced the rehabilitation of crisis areas.
He said, “Well, we have done a lot including the rehabilitation of the IDPs. We set up a committee and they are submitting their report today.
“ I had assured everybody after that crisis that we are going to rehabilitate the place. We have applied to Mr. President and he has approved for us additional force, Special Mobile Squad and I got the approval of Mr. President last week.
“So we are waiting to get the report and then we will start moving people to their ancestral home. The people of Plateau are making their complains, everybody has a right to make complains but as far as the government is concern in Plateau, we have done a lot, we have gone far with some of the issues that were raised.
“The only one that put us back was the killing of the General. And I have also charged community leaders just like Mr. President said, I said if you want to ensure peace in your place, community leaders must also come out and expose criminals in their domain.
“But when they commit crime and community leaders or religious leaders fight to protect them that is why we have problems. If they had exposed the killers of Alkali earlier everything would have been solved. But there you have community and religious leaders who claimed to be religious, who claimed to be religious leaders hiding criminals.”
He further noted that “they might not like me but that is what I am doing, I have said that yes you want government to work but if I catch you or get any criminal activities in your domain, we will hold the community leader, religious leader, responsible. We cannot claim to live in a community and we don’t know the criminals and who are good people.
“So we are doing our best. Even when they were doing investigation people were shouting but I insisted that this investigation must be done to the later, they must investigate and find out those who killed the general and other people that were slaughtered on that road.”
LEADERSHIP recalls that the late General was declared missing since Sept. 3, 2018.
The military had directed the Garrison Commander, 3 Division, Rukuba Barrack in Plateau State to find the missing General and bring him dead or alive and if anything had happened to him, the garrison should find those responsible for it.
On Sept. 29, 2018, the Army recovered Alkali’s vehicle and his personal effects were seen and after further investigation, a shallow grave was discovered in which the general was initially buried.
Eventually, the remains of the officer was found in an abandoned well in a bush at Guchwet village in Shen Du District of Jos South local government area of Plateau State on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.
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