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Defence academy’s commandant briefs Reps on abducted officer’s rescue efforts

By News Desk

The Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Maj.-Gen Ibrahim Yusuf, has briefed the House of Representatives Committee on Defence on the recent attack by suspected bandits on the academy.

Aside from briefing the lawmakers on the attack, the academy boss also furnish the parliamentarians with necessary details of rescue efforts on officers abducted during the attack.

Briefing newsmen on Tuesday shortly before proceeding for the meeting which held behind closed door in Abuja, said that the documents to be presented to the committee members were classified.

He disclosed that the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt Gen. Lucky Irabor had visited the scene of the attack the day it happened, adding that many other serving and retired military officers also visited.

On his part, the Committee Chairman, Babajimi Benson (APC-Lagos), said that the committee would find out about efforts being made to rescue the abducted officer.

It would be recalled that the gunmen had in August bypassed security architecture at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Afaka Barracks in, Igabi Local Government, Kaduna State, killing two officers and abducted one while leaving the premises.

The officers killed after the gunmen gained access into the residential area within the Academy were identified as Lieutenant Commander Wulah and Flying Lieutenant, CM Okoronwo.

Aside from the deceased, a Major who was identified as Stephen Datong was abducted by the bandits while an officer simply identified as 2nd Lieutenant Onah, who sustained gunshot injury, was admitted at NDA hospital where he underwent treatment.

The gunmen, before the attack were said to have come into the barracks in a vehicle and dressed in military uniforms to prevent any check by the security officers at the entrance. An eyewitness said that after they left the last security check, the gunmen proceeded immediately to the officers’ quarters where they knew that the number of men deployed for security would have reduced.

Realising that many of the officers were asleep, the bandits began shooting sporadically and killed two officers that engaged them in a gun duel, preventing them from having easy access into the quarters.

After discovering that the deafening sounds of the gunshot were already attracting attention to the scene, they hurriedly kidnapped an army officer and left the scene through the nearby bush inside the academy, to avoid further engagements.

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