The Nigerian Army officer, Major Stephen Datong, kidnapped from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Afaka Barracks, Kaduna State, by bandits has been reported killed by his abductors, barely hours after they were said to have requested for N200 million ransom.
Datong’s murder has increased the death toll after the attack on officers’ quarters at NDA to three and one still admitted at the Academy’s hospital after sustaining gunshot injuries.
The two others that were earlier killed by the bandits on Tuesday during the attacks were Lieutenant Commander Wulah and Flying Lieutenant, CM Okoronwo while Lieutenant Onah, who sustained gunshot injury, has been on admission at NDA hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment.
As gathered, his lifeless body was found on Tuesday in the bush, where the gunmen had abandoned it, by the troops that trailed the perpetrators of the attacks which had disrupted activities within the Academy.
Some of the security agencies that trailed the gunmen and recovered the late officer’s body went after the gunmen in collaboration with Academy includes 1Division Nigerian Army and Air Training Command as well as other security agencies in Kaduna state.
Efforts to get Academy Public Relations Officer, Bashir Muhd-Jajira, comment on the development was not successful but had earlier
said that the law enforcement officers were currently on the trail of the bandits.
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”.