Eight days after gunmen attacked the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna, the search for Major Datong is still on.

He was kidnapped by unknown gunmen, who murdered two officers in the academy’s premises on August 21.

According to the Nation Newspaper, NDA authorities which hitherto remained silent on the fate of the abductee, said in a statement yesterday that they had received encouragement from the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt-General Faruk Yahaya in their efforts to ensure the safe return of the officer.

Its Public Relations Officer, Major Bashir Jajira, said Gen. Yahaya also approved the deployment of six “gun trucks and other operational enablers” in the institution for the enhancement of its security.

The statement partly reads: “The COAS paid a visit to the NDA on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 over the recent security breach in the Academy.

“In his welcome address, the NDA Commandant, Maj.-Gen. I. M Yusuf, briefed the COAS on the security breach in the Academy on August 24, 2021.

 “He also expressed his appreciation to the COAS for his encouragement and support for the academy before and after the incident, particularly the efforts being made to ensure the safe return of the abducted officer.