At least 19 suspects are in police custody linked to the disappearance and death of Major General Idris Alkali (rtd). 

The Plateau Police Command gave the figure when it presented the suspects to reporters in Jos on Sunday. 

Addressing reporters, the spokesman for the police in the state, Terna Tyopev, said the 19 suspects paraded included 13 persons earlier handed over to the police command by the military, while the remaining six were among the eight the police declared wanted in connection with the crime.

He said two among the eight suspects declared wanted were still on the run.

"On October 17, the military handed over 13 suspects to us in connection with the disappearance and death of Major General Idris Alkali (rtd).

"After a painstaking interrogation on October 21 we also declared eight suspects wanted. Six out of the eight reported themselves to the police, but two are at large.

"So, the 19 suspects paraded today consist of the 13 handed over to us, and the six that reported themselves to us," he explained. 

The spokesman for the police said the suspects were interrogated and found to have strong links with the crime, adding that they would be charged as soon as investigations were concluded.

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Major General Alkali was declared missing on September 3. He had left Abuja and was on his way to Bauchi, via Jos before his family lost contact with him. He never reached Bauchi.

On September 29, his car and other personal effects were found in a pond in Dura-Du community of Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

Nearly one month after, on October 31, the body of Alkali was found in an abandoned Well at Gushwet in Shen community of Jos South Local Government Area and was buried by the military on November 3 in Abuja.

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