Troops rescue Datong abducted by bandits after NDA attack

Troops rescue Datong abducted by bandits after NDA attack

Troops of the Nigerian Army, Airforce, and other security agencies have rescued Maj. Christopher Datong, the officer abducted at the permanent site of Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna, on August 24.

The rescue of Datong was confirmed on Friday, September 17, by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Col. Idimah Ezindu, who noted that the officer was rescued in the late hours of Friday, September 17.

He said, “The operations, which have been sustained since the abduction of the officer proved quite successful; and led to the destruction of several identified bandits’ camps in the Afaka- Birnin Gwari general area; and neutralization of scores of bandits particularly, in the late hours of today, September 17, 2021; 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 for overwhelmed them 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.

“The Division wishes to commend the efforts of the NAF, DSS, Nigerian Police, and patriotic Nigerians for their invaluable support which contributed to the success of this operation. Our operations will continue until we capture or neutralize the assailants that killed two officers in the NDA on 24 August 2021.”

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Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has accused controversial Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi of promoting banditry in Northern Nigeria.

According to the association, the cleric was responsible for the increasing banditry activities in the North.

Rev Divine Eche, the chairman of the Imo State chapter of CAN, made the remark. He spoke while addressing journalists in Abuja on Friday, September 17.

Eche also called on the government to review Gumi’s activities in a bid to checkmate insecurity in the North.

“You can’t, in a sane nation, have the likes of Sheikh Gumi, a religious scholar; going about promoting banditry and you don’t think that this will continue.

“Yet, that is what we are seeing today. We are not seeing anything more than what we have planted.

“We allowed this thing (insecurity) to continue and it is now going to consume the nation if drastic measures are not put in place to take them (Almajiri) out of the streets.

“Give them a sense of belonging. Put them in school, and help them realize their potential,” the CAN Chairman said.

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