The bandits who killed and abducted officers from the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Afaka, Kaduna, on Tuesday have contacted the authorities to demand a N200 million ransom, according to Foundation for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) report.
Bandits with motobikes attacked Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) at around 1am on Tuesday, killed two officers, identified as Lieutenant Commander Wulah and Flight Lieutenant Okoronwo. They also abducted Major Datong.
FIJ reports said the gunmen operated for hours and left without any hitches. After they left, soldiers in the barracks made efforts to trail them but all to no avail.
“They couldn’t kill even one of them,” a military source said.
“They searched everywhere in the bush but couldn’t find them. They had fled away with their motorbikes.”
The bandits subsequently contacted NDA to initiate negotiation on the payment of ransom before they release Datong.
“They have called to ask for N200million to free the Major,” the source also said.
“The attack was ridiculous. They came, teased us and left. Even the helicopter hovering in the bush could not track them.”
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,” he said.
“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.”
When contacted, Onyema Nwachukwu, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the NDA, for comments on the ransom, he did not answer his call.
A text message to his line had also not been replied.