The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has reacted to Tuesday’s attack by bandit terrorists on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna.
Naija News earlier reported that the terrorists on Tuesday morning, executed a brazen attack on the NDA in which two officers were killed and another officer abducted.
Reacting to the development, the DHQ, in a statement by the Director Defence Information, Major General Benjamin Sawyer said security has been beefed up within and in the surrounding of the academy.
He also conveyed the condolence message of the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) to the families and associates of the officers who lost their lives during the attack.
The DHQ added that a search and rescue mission for the officer abducted during the attack has been activated while further details will be released later.
Below is the full DHQ statement.
“The gallant troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN), in joint operations are in hot pursuit of armed bandits that attacked the officers’ quarters of the prestigious Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), in Kaduna early hours of 24 August 2021.
“The bandits who sneaked in after breaching the perimeter fence went straight to the officer’s living quarters and started shooting sporadically.
“Unfortunately, two brave and gallant officers paid the supreme price while 1 other officer was abducted by the bandits during the process.
“All efforts have been intensified by troops who are currently combing the entire locations in search and rescue mission for the adducted officers.
“The Commandant NDA, as well as the HQ 1Div with the support of NAF, are presently in a coordinated joint operation to search and rescue the abducted officer and arrest the perpetrators”.
“The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) wishes to use this medium to condole with the families of the deceased officers, thanked troops for their quick response.
‘’The CDS also wishes to assure the NDA communities of their safety as security has been beefed up while operations are ongoing in the general area. Further details will be released later”.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has been described as the worst president by the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, due to the security challenges in the country.
The Peoples Democratic Party chieftain also condemned the President’s approach to insecurity.
Ortom while speaking on Channels Tv on Tuesday said he believes Buhari has a hidden agenda with his approach to important issues affecting the country.
He added that there is a clear indication that the president wants to Fulanize Nigeria even though he is not the first Fulani president.