As the search for the missing retired General Idris Alkali by soldiers continues, a group of Christian lawyers on Monday threatened to drag the Federal Government before the international community for failing to protect Nigerians from ceaseless killings and military brutality in Plateau State.
While calling on the Nigerian Army to be humane, civil and to respect citizens’ human rights in line with democratic tenets, the lawyers condemned the militarisation of some communities in Plateau State, particularly the Jos metropolis.
They also demanded that the Plateau State Government should “set up a judicial commission of inquiry”, composed of “people of integrity and high moral standing in the society to investigate the recent crises in Jos.”
The administration of Governor Simon Lalong, the lawyers demanded, should also “ensure the implementation of previous White Papers from such commissions in the past in an effort to bring about an enduring solution to this problem.”
The lawyers, under the aegis of Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria, were reacting to the siege laid to some communities in Plateau by soldiers, following the disappearance of a former Chief of Administration in the Nigerian Army, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Idris Alkali (retd.).
Alkali was said to have retired a few weeks before he was declared missing on Monday, September 3, 2018, a day after gunmen swooped on Dura-Du community in Jos South Local Government Area and killed 13 persons.
The Chairman of CLASFON in Plateau State, Panmark Lere, who issued the threat at a press briefing held at the headquarters of the Nigerian Union of Journalists said a situation where several medical doctors at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, professors in UNIJOS, several pastors, community leaders and innocent passersby were arrested, harassed, beaten and detained for days by the army was unacceptable and cannot be allowed to continue.