Attack on NDA: Troops rescue Major Datong, neutralise several bandits

Major Christopher Datong

The Nigerian Army on Friday night disclosed that it’s troops working in conjunction with the Nigerian Airforce. the Department of State Service and the Nigerian Police have rescued Major CL Datong, the Army Officer kidnapped by bandits during the recent attack on Nigerian Defence Academy.

The Army noted that during the operation to rescue the officer around the Afaka-Birnin Gwari axis, several bandits camps were discovered and destroyed while a fire-fight ensued and several bandits were nuetralized.
Major Datong was said to have sustained minor injuries during the encounter but has since been treated and handed over to Nigerian Defence Academy authorities

Confirming the rescue of the officer in a statement last night, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, Deputy Director Army Public Relations Relations,1 Division, Nigerian Army said the operation will continue until security agencies “capture or neutralize the assailants that killed two (2) officers in the NDA on 24 August 2021.”

Colonel Idimah said, “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 peroetrators dead or alive, the Division in conjunction with the Air Task Force 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 Friday, 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 (and) overwhelmed them (with) 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 concluded that “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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