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FW: Nigerian army discovers mystery pond in Jos

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One of Nigeria's retired Major Generals, Mohammed Alkali, went missing on 3rd September 2018. He was on his way to Bauchi from Abuja when his family lost contact with him.

Following the news of General Alkali's unknown whereabouts, the Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, set up an operation to search for the missing General.

It was reported that after a thorough search and investigation, the army stumbled on some information, that made it necessary to search the Dura Du mining pond in Jos South local government Area of Plateau State.


Women's protest 

About 500 women of Dura Du community came out to protest against the army's search of their pond. The protest which happened two weeks ago involved the women throwing stones at military personnel- there was even an attempt to wrestle weapons from members of the army. 

The primary reason for the women's anger was the superstitious belief that the pond is sacred. According to them, the pond must not be tampered with because it can lead to the mysterious deaths of members of the community.

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