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NDA ATTACK: GUNMEN TARGETED FIVE APARTMENTS – CNG, CAN

It has been revealed by the military authorities how the gunmen that attacked the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, gained access to the institution.

The attackers broke into five apartments at the NDA residential quarters and swiftly escaped before the guards on duty could respond.

This came to the fore on Wednesday as the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) castigated the Federal Government for allowing the attack on the NDA to take place and the response to the attack.

Those killed in the attack are Lieutenant Commander Wulah and Flight Lieutenant Commander Okoronkwo.

Major Datong was abducted and another person identified as Onah was injured.

An assessment of the incident carried out by the authorities indicated that the sentry guards did not offer effective response to the armed invaders.

The swiftness and success of the attack led credence to the fact that the attackers might have collaborators within the NDA.

The report reads: “An assessment of the kidnap incident revealed that the bandits gained access and escaped by breaching the barbed wire fence of the academy along Airport Road, Afaka.

“Further checks revealed bushy areas around the officers’ quarters to the fence area, which is believed to have given the bandits easy concealment during escape.

“More so, it was observed that the response time of troops to the crime scene was slow as the bandits successfully broke into five different flats in the same block and swiftly withdrew before the intervention of troops.

“Further assessment revealed that the bandits’ escape route leads across the Airport Road to the open farm/bush area near Gidan Gado village in Afaka.

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“The bandits are believed to have escaped either to Buruku and Maguzawa axis or the Riwaya axis in the Igabi LGA, which are known as notorious bandits’ hideouts.

“Consequently, there is a need for robust clearance operations along those areas.”

The report recommended an overhaul of the security architecture of the NDA to avert an attack of such magnitude in such an institution.

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