Amid the battle against insecurity and insurgency, a recent development that took place yesterday had disclosed how bandits stormed the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in the Afaka area of Kaduna state and killed two soldiers, injured one of them, before abducting another soldier who was identified as Major Stephen Datong.
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The report further disclosed how these outlaws later contacted the Nigerian Defence Academy to demand a ransom of N200,000,000 (Two hundred million naira) in order to secure his release. The incident which compelled the Nigerian military to swoop into immediate action in order to capture these bandits and rescue the abducted soldier eventually resulted in what I'm afraid to describe as a futile effort after a report disclosed that Datong had allegedly been killed.
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Consequently, an updated report from Sahara Reporters has uncovered that the abducted Major is still alive and is currently in captivity of these bandits, thus retrieving the lost hope of many Nigerians that he is dead. In the light of this development and considering the fact that the Nigerian government has often frowned at paying ransom to bandits, I believe this is the right time for the Nigerian military to showcase its bravery by rescuing the kidnapped troop without the payment of ransom, as there is now a glimpse of hope that Major Datong is still alive.
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