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Where’s Gen. Alkali?

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Where’s Gen. Alkali?

By Daily Hint     4/10/2018

JOS, the Plateau State capital, used to be the place many loved to be because of its serenity. People refer to its weather as cool and soothing. The kind the rich travelled abroad to enjoy. Jos used to be cosmopolitan in nature, with Nigerians from different parts of the country finding a home there. That was the Jos of the sixties, seventies and eighties.

The Jos our fathers grew to know and the Tin City, which some members of my generation grew up in. The Jos where people were their brothers’ keepers. The Jos where the Yoruba, Igbo, Ijaw and Hausa cohabited without hard feelings. The Jos that tolerated everybody no matter their tribe and tongue. You went to sleep with your eyes closed, certain that your neighbour will come to your aid in case of trouble.

Now, sadly, neighbours kill neighbours in Jos. That is putting it mildly. Brothers now kill brothers there. Jos has virtually become a killing field. Everyday is like war in this city that was renowned for its peaceful nature. Jos has become a no-go area because there is fire on the Plateau. Death and destruction have become the order of the day on the Plateau. This is sad and painful.

When I hear the sweet old tales about Jos and the sad story of blood now coming out of the place, my heart bleeds. Why do we love to shed blood when there is no need for it? Since these killings started what have they added to our gross domestic product (GDP)? Jos, which was a metaphor for good neighbourliness, is today the city of everything bad under the sun. Those opportune to live there in those glorious days look back and shake their heads at what is happening in their once beloved city.

Many have moved out of Jos for fear of their lives. Living in Jos is no longer a cherished idea. It has become a dangerous place to stay. What is more, it has even become a dangerous place to pass through. Is this the same old Jos of which people sang? What could have happened to the Tin City? Since September 3, a search has been on for Maj.-Gen Idris Alkali, former Chief of Administration at the Army Headquarters in Abuja, who was said to have gone missing while passing through Jos.

The general was not going to the war front; he was just passing by on his way to his farm in Bauchi. As he drove, he was speaking with his wife, Salamatu, who was monitoring his movement to ensure he got to his destination safe and sound. Mrs Alkali, according to reports, did not want him to pass through Jos. She wanted him to go through the Kano route. You know how women are. They can smell danger a long way off and no matter what they do to caution us, we, the men, always tell them not to worry.

We wave their fear aside not because we are careless. No, not at all, we do so because a man must not only be a man, he must be seen to be a man. Shortly after Gen Alkali passed through Jos, his wife lost contact with him. The woman has been agitated since then. She has called on the army to help her look for her husband because ‘’we are in distress, pain and agony”.

The search for him has led the Joint Task Force (JTF) looking for him to Dura Du in Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. The search has been narrowed down to the mining pond there from where his car, a Toyota Corolla was fished out last Saturday. How did the general’s car get into the pond? The pond, the people of the community claim, is sacred to them. They say it is sacrilegious to drain the water in the pond as the army intends to do to see if the general is in there.

It is only commonsensical to dig deeper into the pond after finding the general’s car there. If his car could be found there, what other evil do we know is still deep inside its womb? It is in the interest of justice and fair play to allow this search to go. If the pond could harbour the general’s car and other vehicles, there is more to that.

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Labour suspends strike, as FG halts electricity hike for 2 weeks

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As a result of marathon meeting held and agreement reached between the federal government and the organised representatives of labour unions, the organised labour has suspended the nationwide strike action and protests billed to start today.
The meeting, which started at about 8:30 pm on Sunday and spilled over till Monday morning had Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo; Minister of State for Power, Godwin Jeddy-Agba and Mele Kyari, Group Managing Director of the NNPC.
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A communiqué, read by the minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, after the meeting, disclosed that government agreed to suspend electricity tariff hike for two weeks pending when a committee set up would examine the justifications for the new policy in view of the need for the validation of the basis for the new cost-reflective tariff as a result of the conflicting information from the fields which appeared different from the data presented to justify the new policy by NERC.
He, however, noted that total deregulation in the downstream sector remains, adding that palliatives would be offered to Nigerian workers to cushion the effects of burden.

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Baga ambush; ISWAP/Boko Haram Killed 8 Policemen, 3 CJTF Members Killed, 13 Others Injured

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Baga ambush; ISWAP/Boko Haram killed 8 policemen, 3 CJTF members killed, 13 others injured.

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Members of the Islamic State of West African Province ( ISWAP),/ Boko Haram terrorist have killed eight policemen, 3 soldiers 3,members of Civilian Joint Tasks Force (CJTF), while 13 others injured in an ambushed near Cross kauwa few kilometers away from the Famous Baga fish town.

The Borno state Police command while confirming the incident, in a statement issued by ithe commands Public Relations Officer (PPRO),, DSP Edet Okon said ‘On 25th September, 2020 at about 12PM, the security convoy who were heading to Baga in respect of Government’s effort to relocate indigenes of Baga to their ancestral home came under heavy gun attack by Armed Men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists a few Kilometers from Cross Kauwa. The security convoy returned fire and successfully repelled the attack.”

The statement said ” in the ensuing gun fight however, casualties were recorded on both sides. Unfortunately, eight (8) Policemen and three (3) members of the Civilian Joint Task Force paid the supreme price. Thirteen (13) other persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to Hospital for treatment.”

The statement however, stated that the Commissioner of Police, Borno state Command CP Bello Makwashi assures members of the public that the Nigeria Police is determined to carry out its constitutional mandate of protecting lives and properties and will not relent in providing the needed security for the good citizens of Borno State at all times.

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Again, Boko haram ambushes Borno Government officials convoy near Baga

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Again, Boko Haram ambushes Borno government officials convoy near Baga

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

Again members of the Boko Haram insurgents have ambushed the convoy of the Borno state government officials on their way to Baga along Monguno Baga road, in preparatory for today Saturday 26th September, 2020 resettlements

“Five policemen, 3 soldiers and 6 members of the Civilian Joint Task force (CJTF) were said to been killed, while
several others were injured in the ambushed”, a security source who does not want his name in print said.

The government officials were on their way to Baga for the official resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPS), who were scheduled to return to Baga today Saturday , 26th September, 2020 by the governor himself.

The Boko Haram insurgents were said to have ambushed the government official convoy including some returnees IDPs few kilometers way from Multi National Joint Task Force ( MNJTF) check point near Baga..

The insurgents were said to have fired several shots at the convoy, injuring the security operatives some of the IDPs and other travellers on the convoy. It was not clear whether if the insurgents killed or injured any of the returning IDPs.

It could be recalled that the Borno state governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum had recently inaugurated a committee for the resetlement of IDPs from Maiduguri and Monguno back to Baga, a town business community about 158 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capitol

At the time of filing this report no official statement from the Borno state government or the military.

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