The military officer, Major Christopher Datong, abducted at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Afaka in Kaduna State, by bandits, is still alive, a family source has revealed on Wednesday, August 25.
1st News had reported that suspected bandits on Tuesday invaded the Afaka barracks of the academy around 1 am; killing two soldiers identified as Lieutenant Commodore Wulah and Flight Lieutenant Okoronkwo.
Major Datong was abducted in the wee hours of Tuesday morning when the assailants attacked the facility; killing two officers and abducting him. They subsequently called the military authorities to demand N200million to free him.
Multiple platforms had reported that his body was found. But his family and the NDA had reportedly gotten proof of life from his captors.
His abductors spoke with two different members of his extended family; both women, according to a report by FIJ.
They asked Major Datong to name someone he trusted the most whom they could talk to. Since Datong named his negotiator, the ‘bandits’ have refused to talk to anyone else, FIJ disclosed.
“Every call they make, they give Datong the phone to talk to his self-appointed negotiator; just so that we have a proof of life,” a source very close to the family told FIJ on Wednesday morning. “He is alive. This much I can confirm. As of 10pm on Tuesday, he was still alive — and this was hours after the circulation of reports of his death.”
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has claimed that the recent attack on Nigeria Defense Academy (NDA) was a plot by the government and its security agencies to turn Nigeria into another Afghanistan.
This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday, August 25, by the IPOB spokesman; Emma Powerful, while also accusing the Department of State Services (DSS) of scheming to attack its leader; Nnamdi Kanu.
It added that its members, by the incident, had been placed on red alert on the security situation in Nigeria and the possibility of attack.
The IPOB statement reads: “We the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our great leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to put the world on notice of the wicked plot by Nigeria Government and its security agencies to turn Nigeria into another Afghanistan.