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Tuesday, 24 August 2021

Two officers killed as bandits attack NDA in Kaduna

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Bandits have attacked the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna.


The bandits were said to have broken into the academy around 1 am on Tuesday.

Military sources said two officers were killed and while two others were abducted in the attack.

”On 24 August 21, at about 0125hrs, bandits in their large numbers attacked NDA Afaka and kidnapped 1 Offr; Maj Datong while Lt Cdr Wulah and Flt Lt CM Okoronwo were shot dead. 2Lt Onah sustained gun shot injury and currently receiving treatment at own hospital in NDA,” a source said.


Another source said: “They came in, silently, through the part of the academy where we have barbed wire and not properly fenced. Unfortunately, there were no soldiers on guard duty at that end. So, the bandits sneaked in, through to where the officers were and got three of them.

“It was when they shot one of the officers that everybody woke up, and before we knew it they had made their way outside and fled.”

“The attack is a big slap on our face. How could we have allowed that? They already knew there was no guard on duty and came in through that axis.”


SalientTimes understands that the academy authorities will subject some soldiers to court martial for failing to secure the area.

Onyema Nwachukwu, army spokesperson, did not immediately respond to a message seeking his comment on the incident.

In the recent months, communities in Kaduna and other parts of the north-west have been attacked by bandits.

The bandits had also attacked some schools in the region, and abducted many students.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian defence academy has reacted to the killing saying that the military are on the trail of the abductors.

In a press release signed by Major Bashir Muhd Jajira, the 
Academy Public Relations Officer, confirmed the invasion urging the general public to remain calm.


The release reads, "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 this unknown gunmen would soon be apprehended and the abducted personnel rescued.

 Bashir Muhd Jajira
Major
Academy Public Relations Officer
24 August 2021