Major Christopher Datong, the officer abducted at the Nigerian Defence Academy, Afaka in Kaduna State, by bandits on August 24, 2021 is still in captivity seven days after his abduction.
Rumour was rife last week that the soldier had been killed hours after his abduction, but one of his family members confirmed that he was still alive.
Gunmen had last Tuesday invaded the Afaka barracks of the academy around 1am, killing two soldiers identified as Lieutenant Commodore Wulah and Flight Lieutenant Okoronwo.
They also abducted Datong and subsequently called the military authorities to demand a ransom of N200 million to free him.
A military officer who spoke to SaharaReporters on Tuesday also stressed that Datong was still alive.
“As at now, there is a military operation ongoing to ensure that the officer is rescued. And I can’t divulge anything more that what I told you that the operation is ongoing because whatever I say now might jeopardise the operational action being taken by the military to rescue the officer. That’s exactly what is going on now, efforts are ongoing to ensure the officer is rescued alive.
“He is not dead, you know we are in the era of fake news and most Nigerians now write things in the press without verification or confirmation. The officer is alive and we are looking forward to a successful operation to rescue him. Reporting that he is dead from unconfirmed sources on social media is something bad, this is an officer who is married, he has children, he has family and people start reporting that he is dead. I wonder how these people will feel at the end of the day when this officer is rescued,” the source said.