Troops Rescue Major Datong abducted during Bandit raid at NDA Kaduna


By Mukwuzi Joseph

Major CL Datong, who was abducted when bandits broke into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna, last month, has regained freedom.

It would be recalled that bandits attacked the military institution on August 24, 2021 and in the process abducted Major Datong after Lt Cdr Wulah and Flt Leutenant CM Okoronwo were shot dead, and a 2nd Leutenant Onah was injured.

In a statement issued by the deputy director, Army Public Relations,
1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, he said Datong was rescued by the troops in compliance with the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs for 1 Division, in conjunction with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and all security agencies to conduct decisive operations to rescue the abducted officer and find the perpetrators dead or alive.

He said, the 1 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,” he said.

Colonel Idima further said 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 of Kaduna State and neutralisation 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, 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,” he said.

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