By Harrison Arubu
The Senate has called on the Federal Government to constitute a panel to investigate the disappearance of retired Maj.-Gen. Idris Alkali and the recovery of some vehicles from a mining pond in Plateau.
The Senate made the call via a resolution passed on Wednesday, following a motion moved by Sen. Mohammed Hassan (APC-Yobe South) and seconded by the Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremandu.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that about four vehicles have so far been pulled out of the mining pond by investigators searching for the retired army officer who mysteriously disappeared on Sept. 3.
One of the recovered vehicles is a Toyota car belonging to Alkali, who was said to be travelling to Bauchi through the Du Road where the pond is located, shortly before his disappearance.
The lawmakers urged the government, through the proposed panel, to identify and interrogate possible suspects in the “dastardly act and ensure the perpetrators were brought to justice’’.
They said that this would serve as deterrent to other criminal elements “in the strongest possible terms.
The senators condemned the act and urged all communities in the neighbourhoods adjacent to the spot where the vehicles were recovered to cooperate with security agencies in efforts to unravel the mystery.
They also urged the security agencies to intensify their efforts to find Alkali and other missing Nigerians across the country.
While moving the motion, Hassan expressed concern over the disappearance of commuters on the Du road, particularly Bauchi-bound travellers, in the past few years, calling for urgent intervention to address the situation.