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Army chief, Irabor condemns attack on NDA, says ‘this madness must end’

Chief of defence staff, Lucky Irabor has strongly condemned the attack by gunmen on the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna.

WITHIN NIGERIA had earlier reported that Nigeria’s foremost military university, the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna was on Tuesday attacked by bandits who killed two officers and abducted four.

The Nigerian Defence Academy also confirmed the bandits attack that took place at the residential area of the academy in Afaka.

Irabor while addressing journalists on the incident in Yola, the capital of Adamawa expressed concern over attacks by bandits but gave the assurance that security agencies are on top of the situation.

“The incident in Kaduna has been undertaken by bandits, but it’s more of an armed robber coming to your house. The infiltration didn’t come by virtue of the normal banditry action. But these are things we’re already looking at, and in due course, you’ll get the details,” he said.

“Suffice to say, any form of insecurity is a cause of worry for anyone. That’s why for us, we’re more determined that this madness must be brought to an end very swiftly.”

The Kaduna state government also condemned the attack in a statement issued on Tuesday by Samuel Aruwan, commissioner for internal security and home affairs.

“The Kaduna State Government has received with sadness the report of the unfortunate security breach at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna in the early hours of Tuesday 24th August 2021. The security breach at the Academy led to the death of two personnel and abduction of one officer,” the statement reads.

“Being the host of the Academy and a partner in several spheres of national security and development, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has been briefed of the development, and on behalf of the Government and People of Kaduna State, has prayed for the repose of the souls of the personnel who lost their lives. The Governor conveys heartfelt empathy to the Academy, and to the immediate families of the personnel, and also extends deep concern to the family of the abducted officer.

“Furthermore, the Government of Kaduna State extends its unreserved solidarity to the Armed Forces of Nigeria and all security agencies who are making immense sacrifices on different fronts.

“The Government hereby appeals to the good citizens of the state to volunteer useful information to the military and security agencies in the campaign against banditry and kidnapping, in the state and beyond.

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