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17.09.2021 news EXCLUSIVE: Army ‘Doesn’t Know’ if Major Datong is Dead or Alive

Published 17th Sep, 2021

By Sade Owoyemi

The Nigerian Army does not know if the abducted Major Christopher Datong is dead or alive, FIJ can report.

Major Datong was abducted on August 24 when assailants reported to be ‘bandits’ gained access to the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Afaka, Kaduna State, killing two officers.

READ ALSO: EXCLUSIVE: Abducted Major Christopher Datong Still Alive

Within hours of the abduction, multiple platforms reported that he had been killed and his body found, but FIJ’s findings confirmed that up till 10pm on the day of the abduction — hours after the supposed death was reported —the NDA still had proof of life from his captors.

FIJ had also exclusively reported that the terrorists got in touch with the NDA to demand a N200million ransom, but the defence academy was unwilling to enter any negotiation with Datong’s captors.

READ ALSO: EXCLUSIVE: ‘Bandits’ Contact NDA, Demand N200m Ransom for Abducted Major

FIJ can now report that it was such a long time ago since the NDA last got a proof of life or even heard from Datong’s abductors.

“We don’t know whether the man is dead or alive; we don’t know,” a top NDA source told FIJ.

READ ALSO: EXCLUSIVE: ‘We Don’t Pay Ransoms’, Military Tells Abducted Datong’s Family

“It’s been so long the bandits communicated. All the numbers they’ve called us with are unreachable. It has been impossible to track them, and they have not been talking to us.”

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Harsh-Speaking’ Abductors of Major Datong Refuse to Lower N200m Ransom Demand

Further information available to FIJ on the Army’s handling of the abduction will not be published, for security reasons. However, FIJ can confirm that Datong’s abduction is still a concern for the Military’s most senior officers.

Published 17th Sep, 2021

By Sade Owoyemi

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