- The Nigerian military has vowed to work proficiently to ensure the rescue of the officer abducted during the NDA attack in Kaduna
- Benjamin Sawyerr, the director of defence information, said operatives are doing all that is required of them to get hold of the bandits that carried out the attack
- Sawyerr added that the mode of operations by the military in recent times has changed, adding that ransom would not be offered for the release of the abducted officer
FCT, Abuja - The military high command has said that the Armed Forces of Nigeria will do its best to ensure that the officer abducted during an attack on the Nigeria Defence Academy regains his freedom.
The Punch reported that the director of defence information, Maj.-Gen. Benjamin Sawyerr, in a statement, said troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria were in hot pursuit of bandits that carried out the attack.
He added that the operations to rescue the abducted officer were ongoing, noting that the military was not considering paying ransom.
Sawyerr added that the military’s focus of operation has changed.
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“We don’t need to talk much on operational matters. Right now, we have changed the focus of our operations and it is bringing result.
"No serving officer will contribute money to pay as ransom. Operations are still ongoing to rescue the abducted NDA officer, no matter what, we must rescue him.”
Meanwhile, some friends and colleagues of Major Christopher Datong, who has spent 17 days in the captivity of the bandits who attacked the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna state, are allegedly making efforts to rescue him, SaharaReporters reported.
Datong’s friends are allegedly keeping their ransom efforts in anonymity to prevent punishments from the military.
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NDA attackers will be arrested no matter how long, says COAS
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, vowed that perpetrators of the attack on the Nigeria Defence Academy will be apprehended no matter how long it takes.
This information was contained in a statement released by the NDA's spokesman, Bashir Jajira, on Wednesday, September 1, and seen by Legit. ng.
The statement released by the NDA noted that the COAS visited the academy on Tuesday, August 31, for an assessment and also to address all the personnel at the facility.
Huge win as Nigerian troops arrest 81 bandits, rescue 33 Victims - DHQ
Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said that in the last three weeks troops of Operation Hadarin Daji arrested no fewer than 81 bandits across the northwest zone.
This information was made known to journalists by the director of defence media operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, on Thursday, September 2.
Onyeuko who was giving updates on Operation HADARIN DAJI at the weekly briefing of the DMO revealed that the soldiers also arrested 13 criminal informants/collaborators within the period.