The Nigerian Army yesterday revealed how its officer, Major CL Datong, who was kidnapped when bandits attacked the Nigerian Defence Academy on the 24th of last month was rescued
The deputy director, Army Public Relations at 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, said the division in conjunction with the Air Task Force, Department of State Service (DSS) and other security agencies jointly conducted sustained operations in the Afaka general area to rescue Major Datong, Leadership gathered.
“The operations were being conducted based on several leads received from various sources regarding the abductors and likely locations the officer was being held,” he said.
Idima added that the operations which were sustained since the kidnap of the officer proved quite successful and led to the destruction of several identified bandits’ camps at the Afaka- Birnin Gwari general area of Kaduna State and neutralization of scores of bandits, particularly in the late hours of September 17, 2021.
“The troops arrived at a camp suspected to be the location where Maj CL Datong was being held. At the camp, they exchanged fire with the bandits and overwhelmed them. In the process, the gallant troops were able to rescue the abducted officer,” he said.
He disclosed that although the officer had a minor injury, he was treated at a medical facility and handed over to NDA.
“The division wishes to commend the efforts of the Nigerian Air Force, DSS, Nigeria 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 officers in the NDA on August 24, 2021,” he added.