Major CL Datong

Officer of the Nigerian Army, Major CL Datong who was kidnapped last month from the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna State has regained his freedom.

This was made known in a statement by the Deputy Public Relations Officer, Division 1 of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Ezindu Idimah.

According to him, Major Datong was rescued on Friday by a combined team of security operatives.

“The officer was rescued following the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs, with the help of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and all security agencies to conduct decisive operations to rescue Major Datong”.

He said the rescue was successful, after the destruction of several camps belonging to the bandits in Afaka-Birnin Gwari areas of the state, with the collaboration of the Air Task Force, Department of State Security and other security agencies.

Colonel Idimu explained that the troops arrived at a camp suspected to be the location where the officer was being held and engaged the bandits in a fierce gun battle before they were able to rescue the officer.

He noted that Major CL Datong sustained a minor injury and has been treated in a medical facility and handed over to NDA for further action.

Major CL Datong was abducted after bandits attacked the Academy on August 24, killing two soldiers in the process.

The public relations officer of the Division wished 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.

The statement further says “Our operations will continue until we capture or neutralise the assailants that killed two officers in the NDA on 24 August 2021”.