Major abducted during raid on NDA rescued 

Major CL Datong, who was abducted during a raid on Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) last month, has been rescued.

The Deputy Director Army Public Relations 1 Division of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Ezindu Idimah made the announcement in a release on Saturday.

He stated that came 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.

He added that “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.”

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