Major CL Datong, who was kidnapped by bandits last month during a raid on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna State, has been released.
On August 24, gunmen suspected of being bandits burst into Nigeria’s top military institution, killing officers and kidnapping Major CL Datong, according to NEWS DIRECT.
The kidnapped Major was held captive in the kidnapper’s den until his rescue on Friday.
Colonel Ezindu Idimah, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations 1 Division, Nigerian Army, verified the situation, saying Datong was rescued by troops.
According to him, the activities that led to his rescue resulted in the destruction of many recognized bandit camps in the state’s Afaka-Birnin Gwari districts, disclosing that dozens of bandits were killed during the operation, particularly in the late hours of September 17, 2021.
Following a command from the Chief of Army Staff, he said the Division, in collaboration with the Air Task Force, the Department of State Services, and other security agencies, promptly swung into action by conducting operations in the Afaka general region to locate and rescue the officer.
“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 in a medical facility and handed over to NDA for further action,” he said.
He lauded the efforts of the NAF, DSS , Nigerian Police and “patriotic Nigerians” who worked tirelessly for the release of the victim.