Troops of the One Division Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Nigerian Air Force and other security agencies say they have rescued Major Datong who was abducted at the permanent site of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna on August 24 2021,
Major Datong had spent 25 days in the hands of his captors.
According to a statement from the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations Colonel Ezindu Idimah, following the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs to find the perpetrators dead or alive, 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.
According to the statement, 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.
It also stated that the troops arrived at a camp suspected to be the location where Major Datong was being held, and at the camp, the troops exchanged fire with the bandits and overwhelmed them due to superior fire power and 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 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.
The statement further states that operations will continue until the assailants that killed two (2) officers in the NDA on 24 August 2021 are captured.