Bandits Shoot At Military Aircraft Searching For Major Christopher Datong
Top military sources told SaharaReporters that the Nigerian Army and military aircraft searching for Major Christopher Datong, who was abducted by bandits during an attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna State, are having a difficult time.
Apart from the unfavourable weather, which makes the terrain difficult for military Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance aircraft, it was gathered that the bandits are reportedly firing at approaching military aircraft.
“Of course, there are several bands of bandits, and no one knows for sure which one has the Major. You can’t bomb them because you don’t want to kill the victim along with the suspects. The weather isn’t helping matters either. If you fly too low, they will shoot at military aircraft. They fired at our planes, including the ones that we’re searching for. As a result, the guys searching from the air aren’t able to search all day,” one source explained.
“That is unconfirmed,” another source said when asked if the military was negotiating ransom payments. There is no way for a bandit to approach the military for ransom. That’s the pinnacle of death. He replied, “We can’t think of anything else than paying the ransom.”
This was stated by the DHQ in a statement by Maj Gen Benjamin Sawyer, Director, Defence Information.
“Let me take this opportunity to reiterate that the NDA authorities, acting on the Chief of Defence Staff’s directive, have established a board of inquiry to determine the remote and immediate cause(s) of the security breach, to sanction any personnel found culpable and preventing future occurrences.
“Let me also assure you that we will keep you updated as events unfold, as we are all aware that the search for the abducted officer is still ongoing. The Nigerian Armed Forces will continue their operations to ensure that all those responsible for the heinous act are brought to justice,” he said.
According to a family source, Datong is still alive, according to SaharaReporters.
On Wednesday, a family member of the officer told SaharaReporters that he had not been killed and was still alive, contrary to reports.
“He’s still alive,” says the narrator. The source told SaharaReporters, “I can confirm it to you.”
The Nigerian Defence Academy, the country’s most important military training facility, confirmed that gunmen, believed to be bandits, had stormed the facility, killing two officers and kidnapping another.
Major Bashir Jajira, the NDA’s spokesman, said in a statement that the Nigerian Army, Air Training Command, and other security agencies in Kaduna state had begun a “pursuit of the unknown gunmen within the general area.”