NDA Invasion: Abducted Major Christopher Datong Slain by Bandits

Major Christopher Datong, a military officer abducted today at the Nigerian Defence Academy in Afaka, Kaduna, was murdered.

His body was discovered on Tuesday evening, hours after he was kidnapped by bandits, according to sources.

The kidnappers reportedly demanded N200 million in exchange for his release.

Datong was born on January 4, 1978, in Pankshin, Plateau State.

Major Christopher Datong was photographed with his pregnant wife in one of the photos that went viral on social media.

The security breach at the Nigerian Defence Academy shocked the country, with many wondering if anyone is truly safe if bandits are allowed to operate freely inside an elite military school.

Major Bashir Muhd Jajira, the NDA’s Public Relations Officer, who first reported the attack, stated two soldiers were slain.

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A statement sent by Jajira said:

“The security architecture of the Nigerian Defence Academy was compromised early this morning by unknown gunmen who gained access into the residential area within the Academy in Afaka. During the unfortunate incident, we lost two personnel and one was abducted.

“The Academy in collaboration with the 1Division Nigerian Army and Air Training Command as well as other security agencies in Kaduna state has since commenced pursuit of the unknown gunmen within the general area with a view to tracking them and rescue the abducted personnel.

“The NDA community and Cadets are safe in the Academy. We assure the general public that these unknown gunmen would soon be apprehended and the abducted personnel rescued.”

Alhaji Yusuf Zailani, Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, has branded the incursion as an attack on the country’s territorial integrity.

Zailani said in a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Danfulani, in Kaduna on Tuesday that the event should be taken seriously and thoroughly probed.

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NDA, according to the speaker, is the country’s and Africa’s top training institution for personnel of Nigeria’s military services.

He stated that an attack on such a facility was unacceptable and that the military authority should look into it.

“It’s frustrating and sad that such an attack occurred, catching those in charge of the organization’s internal security off guard,” Zailani added.

While praising security officials for their efforts to eliminate bandits and insurgents around the country, he warned them not to be discouraged by the NDA event.

“My heartfelt condolences go out to the families of those who have died.

“However, I am relieved that the NDA authorities have stated that the assailants are being pursued and will be apprehended,” the speaker continued.

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