By Chioma Iruke
Abductors of Major Stephen Dantong have contacted the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) Afaka, Kaduna on Tuesday, and have demanded a N200 million ransom, Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) reports.
A contingent of bandits had pulled up on motorbikes and invaded the Army barracks around 1am on Tuesday, killing two soldiers, identified as Lieutenant Commodore Wulah and Flight Lieutenant Okoronwo, and abducted Major Dantong..
“They have called to ask for N200million to free the Major. The attack was ridiculous. They came, teased us and left. Even the helicopter hovering in the bush could not track them,” a source informed.
After the attack, Bashir Muhd Jajira, Spokesman of the NDA in Kaduna, said the security architecture of the NDA was compromised 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 rescuing the abducted personnel,” the spokesperson said.