Major CL Datong, abducted by bandits that broke into the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna last month, has regained freedom.
Deputy Director of Army Public Relations 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, who announced the release on Friday night, said Datong was rescued by troops.
Two senior officers were gunned down when the bandits attacked the NDA on August 24.
According to Idimah, scores of bandits were killed during the rescue operation.
He said the operation led to the destruction of several bandits’ camps in Afaka-Birnin Gwari areas of the state.
He said troops carried out the operation in conjunction with the Air Task Force, Department of State Services and other security agencies.
He said, “The troops arrived at a camp suspected to be the location where Maj CL Datong was being held. At the camp, the troops exchanged fire with the bandits and overwhelmed them with superior fire.
“In the process, the gallant troops were able to rescue the abducted officer. However, the officer sustained a minor injury but has been treated in a medical facility and handed over to NDA for further action.”
The army commended the efforts of the Nigerian Air Force, DSS, Nigeria Police, and “patriotic Nigerians for their invaluable support which contributed to the success of this operation.”
Idimah said troops would continue their operation until they capture or neutralise the assailants that killed two NDA officers during the August 24 attack.