Major Christopher Datong who was abducted from Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna by bandits on August 24, 2021 has regained his freedom after spending over three weeks in captivity.
Troops of the the Nigerian security forces secured the release of the soldier who whisked away when attacked Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna was attacked by suspected bandits.
Spokesman of the NDA, Colonel Ezindu Idimah said Mr Datong, however, sustained some injury during the military operation leading to his rescue.
Mr Idimah in Kaduna, the army in a statement said the officer was rescued in the late hours of Friday, September 17 and has been taken for medical attention.
The rescue mission followed a directive of the Chief of Defence Staff that Mr Datong be delivered and his captors apprehended, the spokesman said.
He said joint operatives of the Nigerian security agencies including the military, State Security Service and the police then swung into action, combing the Afaka area of Kaduna.
News Agency of Nigeria quoted Mr Idimah as saying that the operations were conducted based on several leads received from various sources regarding the abductors, and likely locations the officer was held.
He said the sustained operations led to the destruction of several identified bandits’ camps in the Afaka-Birnin Gwari general area, and the neutralisation 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 Mr Datong was being held, the troops exchanged fire with the bandits and in the process, the abducted officer was rescued.
“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 neutralise the assailants that killed two officers in the NDA on 24 August 2021,” Mr Idimah said.
The Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Defence Academy, Major Bashir Jajira, also confirmed the rescue of the officer.
Recall that on Aug 24, daredevil bandits invaded the NDA, Nigeria’s prime military training institute, killing at least two officers in their residences and abducting Mr Datong.