Authorities of the 3 Armoured Division, Nigerian Army involved in the search for the missing retired Major General Idris Alkali , have agreed to hand over to the Plateau State Police Command headquarters in Jos , all those arrested and detained by the soldiers in connection with the search for the senior army officer for further investigation .
Since the Army began the search for the missing retired General and narrowed his search to a pond in Dura Du community of Jos South Local Government Area ,where the soldiers reportedly found his black Toyota Corrolla Car among other properties, there has been outrage over several incidents of mass arrest of residents in the area extending to Rayfield, the breaking into houses of citizens without search warrant, stoppage and harassment of motorists among other human rights abuses allegedly committed by the army in the course of the search operation
The development necessitated calls by residents and other Nigerians including members of the National Assembly on the need for professional investigation into the matter
The people also called on the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Turkur Buratai to call his men to order and stop further indiscriminate arrest of civilians in Jos and other part of the state by soldiers ,a development said to have prompted the army authorities to handover those arrested and other suspects to the police
It was gathered that at least 13 suspects and other exhibits have so far been transferred from the 3 Division Army Barracks in Rukuba to the police headquarter in Jos
Police Public Relations Officer in Plateau State, Mathias Tyopev Terna confirmed the transfer of the suspects and other exhibits to the command headquarters in Jos while speaking with JAY FM on Thursday
He, however , gave no further details on the matter even as the search for the missing retired General who is yet to found continues