Nigerian Army officer, Major Christopher Datong, has regained his freedom after 25 days in the captivity of bandits who invaded the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna State.
The Nigerian military in a release on Saturday morning claimed that security forces rescued Datong, although military sources said the rescue was not without payment of ransom to the dare-devil bandits, SaharaReporters has learnt.
The bandits had invaded the military training institution on August 24, 2021, killing two officers, and injuring one other while Datong was abducted. It was reported that he was killed after a N200m ransom wasn’t paid.
However, a statement issued at about 12:15am on Saturday by the spokesman of the 1 Division, Nigerian Army Kaduna, Col. Ezindu Idimah, said the Division, in conjunction with the Air Task Force, the Department of State Services (DSS) and other security agencies conducted the operation which led to the rescue of the officer who was held captive for 25 days.
The statement added that Datong sustained a minor injury during the operation and was treated at a medical facility before he was handed over to the authorities of the NDA “for further action”