The Oasis Reporters
October 8, 2018
By Moses Gbande, Jos
The Punch newspaper Correspondent in Plateau State, Friday Olokor was one of the many Plateau State residents who fell victim of aggressive Soldiers drafted on a Search and Rescue operation for the missing Gen. Mohammed Idris Alkali (rtd).
Mr Olokor who came back home in the night after spending about 28 hours behind bars over the Jos missing Gen. Mohammed Idris Alkali (rtd), said they were 28 men and 9 women (37).
“I went to buy food by 9:00 pm on Saturday (Curfew starts by 10:00 pm) at the popular ANNE BREEZE RESTAURANT.
“The waiters had not even brought my food when soldiers in two lorry trucks (about 30 of them) swooped on the place, shot indiscriminately at sight and arrested every human being they sighted. Passers by were not spared.
“Even my identification that I’m a journalist didn’t help matters. 28 of us were kept in an uncompleted building and I had no access to my family, editors and colleagues because they took our phones.
“While two men in their mid-70s including a retired Chief Superintendent of Police, Chuwang Choji was picked alongside his son, Chollom, a serving Army General who was drinking with a young woman beside him was spared.
“They also picked the waiters at another pub (drinking joint) called BIG DADDY.
“There in the dungeon, we saw over 30 persons, including a pregnant woman, who they described as ‘suspects” that will assist them in getting the culprits behind the missing General.
“I’ve not experienced this in my 20 years in Journalism”, exclaimed Friday Olokor, adding, “We were kept in 3 Division of the Nigerian Army in Rukuba Barracks, Jos and were interviewed more than 5 times by the Military Police who kept us under constant watch. That’s where many of the “suspects” including the pregnant woman were being held…The soldiers who carried out the raid were called SPECIAL SQUAD from Maiduguri. It was learnt that they were deployed by the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Yusuf Buratai to handle the Jos crises, especially the mystery over the missing General because of their skill in dealing with Boko Haram. The raid was led by one Captain Rabiu.