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Major Datong, abducted

Attack on NDA: Pictures of victims emerge; It’s assault on Nigeria’s territorial integrity – Kaduna Assembly Speaker

Lt. CM Okoronkwo
Major Datong
Major Datong with wife

Pictures of two of the officers that fell victim during the attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Tuesday have emerged on online.

The pictures of Lt C.M Okoronkwo, said to be the Head of the Medical Laboratory, Kaduna and Major Dalung, who was announced as kidnapped are now trending.

While Okoronkwo was one of the two listed to have been killed during the attack, Dalong was announced as having been abducted.

By Hassana Yakubu
Kaduna, Aug. 24, 2021

Meanwhile, Speaker of Kaduna State House of Assembly, Alhaji Yusuf Zailani, has described the invasion, killing and abduction at Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) as an assault on the country’s territorial integrity

Zailani, who stated this in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Danfulani, in Kaduna, on Tuesday, said that the incident must be treated with all seriousness and thoroughly investigated.

The speaker described NDA as the premier training citadel for members of Nigeria’s armed forces and pride to the country and Africa.

He said that attack on such an institution was unacceptable and must be investigated by the military hierarchy.

“It is disheartening and unfortunate for such an attack to have taken place, catching those in charge of its internal security off-guard,” Zailani said.

While commending security personnel for making efforts to decimate bandits and insurgents nationwide, he said that they should not let the NDA incident demoralise them.

“I sincerely commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives.

“I am, however, pleased that the NDA authorities have given assurance that the assailants are being trailed and that they will be apprehended,” the speaker added.

The NDA had, in a statement by Major Bashir Muhd Jajira, Academy Public Relations Officer, on Tuesday, August 24, 2021, confirmed the attack thus:

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
Academy Public Relations Officer
24 August 2021

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