PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the attack on the facility of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) by bandits.
Buhari said rather than throw a damper on the morale of the Nigerian Armed Forces as it was intended to, the attack would buoy their determination to end of criminality in the country.
According to a statement by the Media Aide to the President, Femi Adesina in Abuja on Wednesday, Buhari noted that the attack, which led to loss of lives, came at a time that the military had put insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, and other types of criminals on the retreat.
The President said the heinous action would accelerate the total uprooting of evil in the polity, which members of the Armed Forces had solidly resolved to accomplish in the shortest possible time.
Commiserating with the families who lost their loved ones, and praying God to comfort them, President Buhari vowed that the deceased would not die in vain, as the degenerate act would have consequences that would eventually clean the country of vermin and emancipate the polity from deliberate, targeted and contrived atrocious acts.
The President also thanked all Nigerians who value and appreciate the efforts of the military and urged those playing hateful politics with the dastardly act to desist, noting that rather than recriminations, this was the time for all patriots and people of goodwill to support and encourage those who in the vanguard of the battle against wickedness in the land.
Authorities of the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna, had yesterday confirmed the attack on its facility where two officers were killed and another abducted by bandits.
They explained that the security architecture of the institution was compromised, allowing the bandits to gain access to the well fortified institution.
The military university located along the Kaduna International Airport, Afaka, in Igabi Local Government Area of the state, was attacked around 1:00am on Tuesday.
Confirming the attack, the spokesman of the NDA, Major Bashir Jagira, admitted that the security architecture of the institution was compromised and the bandits gained access to the fortified institution.
He noted that the institution, in collaboration with the 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna; and the Nigerian Air Force Training Command, had launched a manhunt for the bandits.
The NDA spokesman assured that the cadets and the community were safe.
The NDA said, “The security architecture of the Nigerian Defence Academy was compromised early this morning by unknown gunmen who gained access into the residential area within the Academy in Afaka. During the unfortunate incident, we lost two personnel and one was abducted.
“The Academy, in collaboration with the 1 Division Nigerian Army and Air Training Command as well as other security agencies in Kaduna State, has since commenced pursuit of the unknown gunmen within the general area with a view to tracking them and rescue the abducted personnel.
“The NDA community and Cadets are safe in the Academy. We assure the general public that this unknown gunmen will soon be apprehended and the abducted personnel rescued.”