Nigerian Soldiers Rescue Kidnapped NDA Officer, Major Christopher Datong.
- 20 Million Naira Paid As Ransom.
- 4 motorcycles were given to bandits
Major Christopher Datong, a senior military officer kidnapped on August 24 at the Nigerian Defence Academy’s permanent site, has been rescued, according to the Nigerian Army.
The army said it rescued the officer with a minor injury after troops arrived at a camp suspected to be the abductors’ hideout in the late hours of Friday and exchanged fire with them, according to Ezindu Idimah, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations.
“Following the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs for 1 Division Nigerian Army in collaboration with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and all security agencies to conduct decisive operations to rescue Major CL Datong who was abducted at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Permanent Site on 24 August 2021 and find the perpetrators dead or alive.
The Division in collaboration with the Air Force and all security agencies conducted decisive operations to rescue Major CL Datong.
“The operations were carried out based on several leads received from various sources about the abductors and possible holding locations for the officer.
“The operations, which have been ongoing since the officer’s abduction, have proven quite successful, destroying several identified bandits’ camps in the Afaka- Birnin Gwari general area, as well as the neutralisation of scores of bandits, in particular, the troops arrived at a camp suspected to be the location where Maj CL Datong was being held captive in the late hours of today, 17 September 2021.
“The troops exchanged fire with the bandits at the camp, who were overwhelmed by superior fire. The valiant troops were able to save the kidnapped officer in the process. The officer, however, received a minor injury and was treated in a medical facility before being handed over to the NDA for further action.”
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The army promised that its operations would continue until the assailants who killed two (2) officers in the NDA on August 24, 2021, were captured or neutralised.
Ejes Gist News had reported on August 25 that the bandits initially demanded N200million for the abducted military officer.
According to Arise News correspondent, the source said, twenty million nairas was paid to the bandits in two instalments. Fifteen Million was first paid and five million was paid including four motorcycles.
It had also been learnt that some of Datong’s colleagues and friends in the Nigerian Army secretly raised a ransom for his release, although the military authorities had been silent on possibility of negotiations or ransoms.
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