Strange things happen everyday and one of such sad stories is coming from Plateau State.

A missing General's car has been discovered in a pond in Lafendeg Du.

His name is Major General Idris Alkali and he retired on August 7, 2018.  

He had just spent two weeks after his retirement when he disappeared while on transit from Abuja to Bauchi through Jos.

The spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, in a statement explained that the General, though entitled to a driver and an orderly, decided to travel alone by driving himself.

"The wife of the senior officer, Mrs Salamatu Alkali, drew the attention of the Nigerian Army authorities to a suspected case of the missing senior officer on the 5th of September 2018," the spokesman for the Army said.

Pond in Plateau State drained in search of major gThe pond appeared still but beneath was the General's vehicle

According to the missing General's wife, the General left his home in Abuja for Bauchi on September 3, 2018.

He drove his black Toyota Corolla.

After the report was received, the military began to search for the missing retired official. 

Days after search began, his vehicle was found in a pond in Lafendeg Du of Jos South Local Government Area, but his body was nowhere to be found. 

After investigation showed his vehicle could be inside the pond, the military drained the water.  

Vehicle brought to drain the water in the pondVehicle engaging in the pond draining process

It took time, but on Saturday, the vehicle was found in the pond.

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Chukwu said: "The Army contacted the MTN and Glo networks to furnish her with the missing senior officer call records. 

"Appropriate technical intelligence facilities were also put into use and the senior officer’s phone was tracked to somewhere in Du District, near Jos, Plateau State. 

"Incidentally, some unknown gunmen had killed people in the area the previous day, which led to protest in the community on the day the General travelled through Jos".

Officials of NEMA were involved in the searchThe National Emergency Management Agency was part of the searching crew

After the Toyoto car surfaced, the searching crew were hopeful of finding his body in the vehicle, but they were disappointed. 

The discovery of the vehicle in the community, has triggered fear and residents are now on the run.

They must have remembered what the Nigerian Army did when they invaded Odi Community in Rivers State and Zaki-Biam Community in Benue State respectively,  over alleged attacks on security personnel.

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Now Du residents are scared that the army may repeat same against them.

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