It is a cheering news for the family of the Senior military officer, Major Christopher Datong abducted during the attack on the Nigeria Defence Academy in Kaduna as he was rescued by combined troops of the Nigerian Army and Operatives of the Department of State Security, DSS, on Friday, September 17, 2021.
This is confirmed in a statement signed by Colonel Ezindu Idimah the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 1 Division of the Nigerian Army.
The statement said the victim sustained a minor injury while scores of bandits were killed in an operation made successful followings discreet intelligent report.
The Nigerian Army bowed not to rest until all those involved in the killing of its personnel at the NDA are brought to book.
“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 statement read.