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Officer kidnapped by bandits from Defence Academy found dead

Major Christopher Datong, who was kidnapped in the early hours of Tuesday by armed bandits at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna State, has allegedly been found dead.

Recall that at about 1:00am on Tuesday, bandits dressed in military camouflage invaded the Defence Academy Headquarters, killed two military officers and kidnapped Major Datong.

The two officers, who were shot dead were identified as Lieutenant Commander Wulah and Flight Lieutenant Okoronkwo.

Late Tuesday, reports emerged that Datong, who was whisked away by the unknown gunmen, was found dead.

Incidentally, the military institution is opposite the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka where 39 students were abducted by bandits on March 11, 2021.

The Defence Headquarters had confirmed the attack in a statement, saying the security architecture of the institution was compromised to the aid the attack by the gunmen.

The statement read, “The security architecture of the Nigerian Defence Academy was compromised early this morning by unknown gunmen who gained access into the residential area within the Academy in Afaka. During the unfortunate incident, we lost two personnel and one was abducted.

“The Academy in collaboration with the 1Division Nigerian Army and Air Training Command as well as other security agencies in Kaduna state has since commenced pursuit of the unknown gunmen within the general area with a view to tracking them and rescue the abducted personnel.

“The NDA community and Cadets are safe in the Academy. We assure the general public that these unknown gunmen would soon be apprehended and the abducted personnel rescued.”

However, top journalist, Fisayo Soyombo, has debunked reports that the kidnapped major is dead.

In a statement on his Facebook page on Wednesday, Soyombo claimed Datong was still alive, contrary to widespread reports.

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