Major Christopher Datong who was Kidnapped 25 days ago by bandits has regained freedom.
Datong was Kidnapped after bandits invaded the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna State.
The Nigerian military in a press 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.
The bandits had invaded the military training institution on August 24, 2021, killing two officers, and injuring one other while Datong was abducted.
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.”
The statement titled ‘Troops rescued Major CL Datong’ read: “Following the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff and Service Chiefs for 1 Division Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and all security agencies to conduct decisive operations to rescue Major C. L. Datong, who was abducted at Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Permanent Site on 24 August 2021 and find the perpetrators dead or alive, the Division in conjunction with the Air Task Force, Department of State Services and other security agencies, immediately swung into action by conducting operations in the Afaka general area to find and rescue the officer.
It had also been learnt that some of Datong’s colleagues and friends in the Nigerian Army secretly raised a ransom for his release, although the military authorities had been silent on possibility of negotiations or ransoms.