Attack On NDA : Troops Rescue Abducted Major Datong - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Saturday, September 18, 2021

Attack On NDA : Troops Rescue Abducted Major Datong


By Jane Okafor, Abuja

Succour and relief came the way of famlies, friends and the Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, Kaduna as a major Datong, abducted on August 24 when gunmen sneaked into the hostel of the nation's elite military academy and attacked some of the officers, has be been rescued alive and unhurt by Nigerian troops.

Major Major CL Datong was rescued alive on Friday night according to 
Colonel Ezindu  Idimah, Deputy Director of Army Public Relations,
1 Division, Nigerian Army, in a release made available to newsmen on Saturday.

The safe rescue of Datong who  hailed from Pankshin in Plateau State, deflated media report earlier that he had been killed by the abductors after they had taken him to an unknown location.

The misleading reports stated that the army search and rescue team found him dead after they had demanded N200m ransom to free him but the contrary is now the truth.

The major was kidnapped during a raid at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, which left two persons dead.
The blood baying bandits had stormed the military university after breaching the security architecture, killed two military officers and abducted Datong.

The murderous bandits shot Lieutenant Commander Wulah and Flight Lieutenant Okoronkwo but Major Datong who was initially considered dead has been found alive and rescued.
Announcing his rescue, Colonel Ezindu  Idimah, stated: "Following the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs for 1 Division Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and all security agencies to conduct decisive operations to rescue Major CL Datong who was abducted at Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Permanent Site on 24 August 2021 and find the perpetrators dead or alive, the  Division  in conjunction with the Air Task Force, Department of State Services and other security agencies, immediately swung into action by conducting operations in the Afaka general area to find and rescue the officer.  

"The operations were being conducted based on several leads received from various sources regarding the abductors and likely locations  the officer was being held.  
"The operations which have been sustained since the abduction of the officer proved quite successful and led to the destruction of several identified bandits’ camps in the Afaka- Birnin Gwari general area and neutralization of scores of bandits particularly, in the late hours of today, 17 September, 2021, the troops arrived at a camp suspected to be the location where Maj CL Datong was being held. 

"At the camp, the troops exchanged fire with the bandits for overwhelmed them superior fire. In the process, the gallant troops were able to rescue the abducted officer.  However, the officer sustained a minor injury but has 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 (2) officers in the NDA on 24 August 2021."

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