A retired Major General of the Nigerian Army, Abdul Tijjani, has dragged the Lagos State government and seven others before a Federal High Court in Abuja, challenging the alleged injustice perpetrated against him by officials of the state.
The plaintiff is specifically challenging the alleged sabotage of the execution of a court judgment which returned his landed property in Lagos State to him after a period of an unlawful seizure.
In a fundamental human rights suit instituted in Abuja, the former army general prayed Justice Inyang Ekwo to order the Lagos State government and its governor to pay him a cumulative compensation of N8 billion as damages for alleged injustice suffered in the hands of the officials.
The plaintiff also asked the judge to compel the National Judicial Council (NJC) to pay another sum of N100 million for alleged misconduct of a Federal High Court judge, Justice Ayokunle Faji, during the hearing of his matter.
He further asked the court for an order compelling the trial of Justice Faji for allegedly perverting the course of justice in his case.
Justice Ekwom, therefore, fixed July 13 for hearing and ordered service of the processes on all the respondents.
The respondents are the NJC, Federal High Court, Nigerian Bar Association, Justice Faji, Kasheem Adeniji, Attorney General of the Federation, as well as Lagos State Government and its governor.
The State High Court sitting in Jos has remanded 19 persons in prison custody for their alleged connection with the disappearance and death of retired Major General Idris Alkali, the former Chief of Administration (Army).
The presiding judge, Justice Daniel Longjin, gave the order on Monday in Plateau State during the arraignment of the suspects in court.
The suspects were arraigned by the State Police Command on charges bordering on conspiracy and culpable homicide.
All the accused persons pleaded not guilty after the charges were read to them.
Justice Longjin thereafter adjourned till December 10 for the hearing of the case.
The suspects were arraigned the day after they were paraded by the Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Tyopev Mathias.
Addressing reporters on Sunday, Mr Mathias said the late Army General had left Abuja for Bauchi en route Jos on September 3 before he was reported missing three days letter.
He added that the tracking of Alkali’s valuables led detectives alongside military personnel to a pond in Dura-DU in Jos South Area of Plateau State.
Following a series of developments, Mathias revealed that the military handed over 13 suspects arrested to the Police Command for investigations on October 17.
He added that after a painstaking interrogation, the command declared eight suspects wanted and six persons have already reported to the police.
A breakdown of the 19 suspects arraigned by the police is shown below;
Below are the initial thirteen (13) suspects taken over from the Military and their levels of involvement so far.
1. Pam Chuwang Kim ‘m’ 32yrs
· Knew about the incident
· Among the Rampaging youth of 03/09/2018
· Was at Lapande with other youth.
2. Pam Chuwang Dung 19yrs
· Knew about the incident
· One of the Rampaging youth of 03/09/2018
· He was at Lapande on 03/09/2018 with other youth.
3. Michael James ‘m 22yrs
· Resides in Doi village
· Witnessed the incident
· Saw when and how the General was killed.
· Knows the people that killed the General.
· Concealed the information until his arrest
4. Dung Pam ‘m’ 26yrs
· A youth in Doi community
· Arrested in possession of a Revolver Pistol with one (1) round of ammunition
5. John Alkali ‘m’ 21yrs.
· Arrested with a locally made gun with one(1) round of live ammunition.
6. Rebecca Gyang Pam ‘f 35yrs
· Resides in Doi village.
· One of the women that protested against the draining of the pond where the missing General’s car was recovered
· Did everything to conceal the crime and pervert the
7. Yohanna Dung ‘m’ 61yrs
· A carpenter by profession
· Arrested by the Military during search and rescue.
8. Stanley Onuchukwu ‘m’ 34yrs
· Owns and operates a block industry beside the pond in Dura where the car was recovered.
· Had the information about the pushing of the missing General’s car into the pond from his employees
· He concealed the information until his arrest.
9. Nenfa jwanan ‘m’ 22yrs
· Employed by Stanley Onuchukwu ‘m’ at the block industry
· Witnessed when the car was pushed into the pond
· Concealed the information until his arrest
10. Michael Peter ‘m
· Employed by Stanley at the block industry.
· Had information about the dumping of the car into the pond
· Saw those that blocked the Roads on 03/09/2018.
· Concealed the information until his arrest.
11. Maxwell Dadel ‘m’
· Had information on the dumping of the car into the pond but concealed it until his arrest.
12. Simon Sule ‘m’ 27yrs
· Arrested by the soldiers during search operation.
· Resides in Dura-DU
· Believed to be one of the restive 03/09/2018
13. Paul Bot Gyangzee ‘m’ 52yrs
· Owns a Restaurant/Drinking joint in DU-Daddy’s Bar and Restaurant.
· He was arrested during search/rescue operation.
· His business joint believed to be where some of the principal suspects at large normally meet to plan their activities.
· He knows some of the principal suspects.
Below also are the six (6) out of the eight(8) declared wanted who have reported and their levels of involvement
14. Stephen Chuwang ‘m’
· He confessed he was among the persons that exhumed the corpse of the General on the 29/09/2018 from Doi-DU and relocated same to Gushwet Shen
· Led detectives to the pit where the remains of the missing General was recovered
15. Timothy Chuwang ‘m’
· He drove the vehicle of the missing General from Doi-Du to the pond at Dura-DU and pushed it into the pond alongside with others on 03/09/2018
16. Mathew Chuwang Rwang ‘m’
· He is the Youth Leader of Doi-DU and mentioned by Stephen Chuwang ‘m’ as one of those who exhumed the corpse from Doi-Du and relocated same to Gushwet-Shen
17. Yakubu Rapp ‘m’
· He is the village Heed of Dura-DU
· The vehicle was recovered in a pond in his area. He has knowledge of the entire exercise as the youth of the area respect and obey him.
18. Pam Gyang Duns ‘m’
· He is from Doi-DU and Mai-angwa of Latiya.
· He is a friend to Da. Chuwang AKA Mourinho, the principal suspect who is at large.
· He is believed to have participated actively in the killing of the General
19. Moses Gyang ‘m’
· He is a son to Pam Gyang Dung ‘m’AKA Boss.
· One (1) locally made pistol was recovered in his house during cordon and search operation.
The body of the missing Army General, Retired Major General Idris Alkali has been found.
The remains of the retired officer were discovered in Guchwet in Shen of Jos South LGA of Plateau State.
The leader of the operation search and rescue, Brigadier General Umar Mohammed, says a parade will be held for the retired officer.
He also stated that an honour and a befitting burial for former Chief of Administration in the Nigerian Army headquarters would take place.
Retired Major General Idris Alkali had been declared missing since September 3, 2018, on his way from Abuja to Bauchi en route Jos.
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, told Channels Television 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.
Determined to fulfil its mandate, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has built and completed a 30-block of flats, for the II Brigade Nigeria Army, Port Harcourt barracks.
While commending the Niger Delta Development Commission, (NDDC) for the completion of the 30 blocks of flat the chief of army staff, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika said the people –oriented project is completely in line with his vision to build force that can confront contemporary challenges.
It would be recalled that there were complaints in January this year by Army personnel on the lack of accommodation for its personnel which became a major challenge in its effort at providing security for Nigerians in Rivers State.
The Commander of the 2 Brigade, made the remark during the commissioning of a Garrison Standby Hall and a Mess Chalet for officers.
The Army decided to collaborate with the Rivers state government, agencies and companies to build more accommodation for soldiers in the barracks.
According to the II Brigade Commander, five blocks of ten flats each will be constructed by the Rivers State government to support the constructing of a block of 30 flats each by the NDDC and contracts have been awarded also for the renovation of five officers’ quarters; three blocks of 20 rooms each as well as the renovation of the warrant officers and sergeant mess.