The friends and colleagues of a military officer, Major Christopher Datong, who was abducted when the unknown gunmen stormed the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna State are allegedly making efforts to rescue their friend to the extent that they are ready to pay the ransom demanded by the kidnappers.
SaharaReporters reported that the plan to contribute money is being done secretly to avoid punishment from the military. It was also reported that the family of Datong was involved in the process.
The source said: ” The plan is to get Datong out first by all means. I mean; all means. Chris’ friends are not quiet. A lot is going on underground. But you know the nature of the abduction is embarrassing. It involves a military officer; it involves a military establishment. Some of his friends want to pay money to get him out.
” The names and details with the money are secret. The family members are not involved so as not to implicate any officer. But efforts are on, ” he explained.
Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters in the statement released by the Director, Defence Information, Maj Gen Benjamin Sawyer promised to investigate the breach of security to punish any culpable personnel.
Also, the Headquarters disclosed that the search and rescue of the kidnapped officer is on.
” Let me use this opportunity, to reiterate that the NDA authorities, acting on the directive of the Chief of Defence Staff has constituted a board of enquiry to ascertain the remote and immediate cause(s) of the breach of security with a view to sanction any personnel found culpable and also prevent future occurrence.
” Let me also assure that we shall continue to update the general public as events unfold as we are all aware the search and rescue of the abducted officer is still on. Troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria will continue with its operations to ensure all those involved in the dastardly act are brought to justice. ”