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

By Danlami Nmodu

Major CL Datong who was abducted by bandits during a recent attack on Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, has been by troops.

Colonel Ezindu Idimah,Deputy Director Army Public Relations,1 Division, Nigerian Army revealed this statement Friday

According to Idimah, the officer was after troops overpowered the bandits in an exchange of fire.He said, though Major Datong sustained minor injury, he has been treated at a medical facility and handed over to NDA.

The text of Colonel Idimah’s statement reads: “Following the directive of the of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs for 1 Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and all security 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 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 been sustained since the abduction of the officer proved quite and led to the destruction of several identified bandits’ 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 (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 medical facility and handed over to for further action.

The statement concluded that “The wishes to commend the efforts of the NAF, DSS , Nigerian 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 on 24 August 2021.”