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JUST IN: Military officer abducted during NDA attacks regain freedom

By News Desk

A Troop of the Nigerian Military has rescued Maj. Christopher Datong that was abducted during bandits attack on Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) permanent site in Kaduna, barely three weeks after the criminals stormed the army base.

The military officer was said to have been rescued by a joint military troops including officers from the Nigerian Army, who were his colleagues, Airforce and other security agencies after days of combing the bushes to ascertain where Datong was been held by his abductors after the attack on August 24.

The Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Col Ezindu Idimah, through a statement issued in Kaduna on Saturday, said that the officer was rescued in the late hours of Friday, Sept.17.

He said the Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs had earlier issued a directive after the abduction of the officer, that he be rescued and his abductors, fished out.

The spokesperson said sequel to the directive, the 1 Division, in conjunction with the Air Task Force, Department of State Services and other security agencies, swung into action by conducting operations in the Afaka general area of Kaduna, to locate and rescue the officer.

He explained that the operations were conducted based on several leads received from various sources regarding the abductors, and likely locations the officer was held.

Idimah stated that the operations were sustained since the abduction of the officer, resulting in the destruction of several identified bandits’ camps in the Afaka- Birnin Gwari general area, and the neutralization of scores of bandits, particularly in the late hours of September 17.

He said upon arrival at a camp suspected to be the location where Datong was being held, the troops exchanged fire with the bandits and in the process, the abducted officer was rescued.

However, he said the officer sustained a minor injury, but had been treated in a medical facility and handed over to NDA for further action.

“The Division wishes to commend the efforts of the NAF, DSS, Nigerian Police and patriotic Nigerians for their invaluable support, which contributed to the success of this operation.

“Our operations will continue until we capture or neutralize the assailants that killed two officers in the NDA on 24 August 2021,” Idimah added.

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