Facts have emerged on how gunmen bypassed infiltrated the 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 has been abducted by the bandits while an officer simply identified as 2nd Lieutenant Onah, who sustained gunshot injury, has been on admission at NDA hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment.
The gunmen, before the attack at about 1 am on Tuesday, 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, hurriedly kidnapped an army officer and left the scene through the nearby bush inside the academy, to avoid further engagements.
Another source said that the NDA Quick Response Team was alerted but before their arrival at the scene, the gunmen had left and the troop was unable to rescue the kidnapped officer.
Speaking on the attack that had destabilised activities within the barracks, the Academy Public Relations Officer, Bashir Muhd-Jajira, said that the law enforcement officers were currently on the trail of the bandits to rescue the abducted officer.
Muhd-Jajira, through a statement made available to newsmen, added that the Academy in collaboration with the 1Division Nigerian Army and Air Training Command as well as other security agencies across the state have gone after the bandits.
The statement reads: “The security architecture of the Nigerian Defence Academy was compromised early this morning by unknown gunmen who gained access into the residential area within the Academy in Afaka. During the unfortunate incident, we lost two personnel and one was abducted.
“The Academy in collaboration with the 1Division Nigerian Army and Air Training Command as well as other security agencies in Kaduna state has since commenced pursuit of the unknown gunmen within the general area with a view to tracking them and rescue the abducted personnel.
“The NDA community and Cadets are safe in the Academy. We assure the general public that these unknown gunmen would soon be apprehended and the abducted personnel rescued”.
The barracks is located few metres away from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization Afaka, in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, where 39 students were abducted by bandits five months ago.