The Nigerian Army and the women of Dura in Du District of Jos South Local Government Are of Plateau State are on the war path over the draining of a pond at a mining site by soldiers.
The soldiers are said to be searching for the corpse of a retired military officer, Maj-Gen. Idris Alkali, allegedly kidnapped on the way to his farm in Bauchi.
Alkali, who was the chief of administration of the Nigerian Army before his retirement, went missing on September 3, 2018.
The people of the area protested on Thursday over the draining of the pond by soldiers as part of the search for the retired general.
The villagers said the pond located in a mining site is their source of water.
The operation was ordered by the Garrison Commander, 3 Armoured Division Garrison, Brig-Gen. Ibrahim Mohammed, based on a directive from army headquarters.
He said the army received “credible intelligence” that led to the draining of the pond.
Mohammed, who is the leader of the operation, told journalists that there was information that some vehicles were pushed into the pond.
He said the army had searched through the pond for three days and decided to empty it as a “last resort.”
However, about 500 women dressed in black attires protested the exercise.
Their leader, Mrs. Mary Yakubu, told reporters that the draining of the pond would throw the people into untold hardship.
Alkali was said to be driving alone in a black Toyota Corolla when he wa kidnapped.