Thursday, 2 September 2021

8 Days After, Abducted NDA Major Still In Custody Of Bandits


 Security forces are still searching for Major Datong, who was abducted by gunmen during an attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) eight days ago, authorities of the instruction have stated.

The bandits had around 1:00am on Tuesday, 21st August broke into the NDA permanent site and killed two officers before abducting Major Datong.

The Academy has kept mute since the incident on the whereabouts of the kidnapped Major.

But it opened on Wednesday, stating search was still on for the Major.


The Academy’s Public Relations Officer, Major Bashir Jajira, in a statement, following the visit of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Faruk Yahaya to the Academy said the Army Chief commended the Commandant NDA, the GOC 1 Division, the Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command and heads of other security agencies in Kaduna State in the ongoing efforts to ensure the safe return of the abducted officer.

The statement added the Chief of Army Staff provided six gun trucks and other numerous operational enablers to the Academy to enhance it’s security and environs.

It reads in part: “In his welcome address, the Commandant NDA briefed the COAS on the security breach into the Academy which occurred on 24 August 2021.

“He also expressed his appreciation to the COAS for his encouragement and support for the Academy before and after the incident, particularly the efforts being made to ensure the safe return of the abducted officer.

“He particularly thanked the COAS for upgrading the Academy Demonstration battalion to a full-fledged battalion, provision of six gun trucks to the Academy, posting in of more instructors and staff, and the provision of other numerous operational enablers to enhance the security of the Academy and its environs.

“The Commandant informed the COAS that these support measures have really boosted the morale of the staff and the security of the Academy.

“The commandant also briefed the COAS on the new security measures being taken in collaboration with 1 Division Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Air Force and other security agencies in Kaduna State to prevent any future security breach in the Academy.

“He assured that this incident has actually reinforced the cohesion of the entire Academy Community who have vowed to provide formidable support and prevent future occurrence.

“In his remarks, the COAS said he was in the Academy to obtain a firsthand brief on the recent security breach, and reassure the Commandant and staff of the Academy of the Nigerian Army’s support and solidarity in the fight against insecurity.

“The COAS further commended the Commandant NDA, the GOC 1 Division, the Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command and heads of other security agencies in Kaduna State in the ongoing efforts to ensure the safe return of the abducted officer.

“He assured the Academy that the Nigerian Army would also provide the Academy with additional operational enablers to further enhance the security of the Academy.

“The COAS appealed to the Academy staff to remain loyal to the country and not allow the unfortunate incident to deter them from their ultimate objective of grooming officer cadets for the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

“He further enjoined all officers, soldiers and civilian staff in the Academy to remain vigilant because the fight against insecurity must be a collective effort.

“The COAS avowed that no matter how long it takes, the perpetrators of this heinous act would be brought to justice.

“He urged the Commandant not to be deterred, but remain focus on the good job he is doing in the Academy.

“The COAS also undertook an on-the-spot assessment of the scene of the incident before departing the Academy.”


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