The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor has ordered the hierarchy of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA)
, to probe the circumstances surrounding the invasion of the Academy by armed bandits, with the view to unravel the remote and immediate cause of the compromised security.
Director Defence Information, Major General Benjamin Sawyerr in a statement said 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.
The statement also noted that the alleged publication by an online news portal that the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) CCTV monitoring room was sleeping when bandits attacked the officers’ residential quarters leading to the death of two officers and the abduction of 1 other officer, was false.
“The attention of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) have been drawn to a news publication by Cable online news media claiming that personnel on duty at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) CCTV monitoring room were sleeping when bandits attacked the officers’ residential quarters leading to the death of two officers and the abduction of 1 other officer.
“The Nigerian Armed Forces wishes to state categorically that the allegation is untrue and hence challenge the Cable Online to publish forthwith a verifiable proof of personnel sleeping during the incident.
“It is therefore imperative to caution the Cable Online media to guide against being used as a propaganda tool by enemies of our dear country. The Cable Online should not consciously or unconsciously collaborate with these unscrupulous elements to spread unverified stories on the unfortunate event that occurred at NDA Kaduna while tarnishing the good image and reputation of personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria
(AFN) in the eyes of the civil populace,” the statement reads in part.
General Sawyerr said the AFN as a professional force consist of highly trained personnel who are dedicated to their duties of protecting lives and property of all Nigerians.
He assured the public that the AFN shall continue to give update as events unfold, adding that the search and rescue of the abducted officer is still on.
“The troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria will continue with it’s operations to ensure all those involved in the dastardly act are brought to justice,” the statement conclueded.