The Nigerian Institution of Surveyors has said none of its members in Plateau State was involved in the disappearance and subsequent killing of General Idris Alkali (retd), a former chief of administration in the Nigeria Army whose lifeless body was reportedly recovered recently by soldiers from an abandoned well in the Jos-South Local Government Area of the state.
The Chairman of the union in Plateau State, Dr Bitrus Dang, made the denial while speaking with Punch in Jos on Wednesday against reports that one Chuwang Istifanus Stephen, who was said to be a surveyor, was among the eight suspects recently declared wanted by the police.
Dang said that after scrutinising the union’s register and inquiring from other members, he was unable to confirm the name of the said suspect as one of them.
He said, It is unfortunate that such a thing happened. But I would want to say that the name so mentioned is not one of us. We have registers. We have members that are fully registered. Well, we don’t know how they got their information but we want to tell them that he is not a surveyor. He has not been one of us.
May be, he is one of those land speculators or those that transact business on land but he is not a member of the Institution of Surveyors. When somebody measures land, they call them surveyors. Well, he is not a surveyor, even in the survey practice, if you are not registered, you are not expected to bear the name, Surveyor.
So, as far as we are concerned, we do not know him as a member of the Institution of Surveyors in Plateau state”.
The police had at a press conference addressed in Jos by the Command’s spokesman, Tyopev Terna, declared wanted two panel beaters, Da Chuwang Samuel, aka Mourinho, and Nyam Samuel, aka Soft Touch; a local farmer, Pam Dung, aka Boss; truck driver, Timothy Chuan, and the village head of Dura-Du District in the Jos-South Local Government Area of Plateau State, Yakubu Rap.