The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Farouq Yahaya, has paid a visit to the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) following the attack on the military institution on August 24, 2021.
Unknown gunmen compromised the security architecture of the academy and gained access to the residential area, killing two officers and kidnapping another.
During the visit, Yahaya urged the NDA to remain loyal to the country, adding that the academy should not allow the unfortunate incident to deter them from their ultimate objective of grooming officer cadets for the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
This was contained in a statement issued by Academy Public Relations Officer, Major Bashir Muhammad Jajira on Wednesday.
“The COAS said he was in the Academy to obtain a firsthand brief on the recent security breach, and reassure the Commandant and staff of the Academy of the Nigerian Army’s support and solidarity in the fight against insecurity. The COAS further commended the Commandant NDA, the GOC 1 Division, the Air Officer Commanding Air Training Command and heads of other security agencies in Kaduna State in the ongoing efforts to ensure the safe return of the abducted officer.
“He assured the Academy that the Nigerian Army would also provide the Academy with additional operational enablers to further enhance the security of the Academy,” the statement read.
“The COAS appealed to the Academy staff to remain loyal to the country and not allow the unfortunate incident to deter them from their ultimate objective of grooming officer cadets for the Armed Forces of Nigeria. He further enjoined all officers, soldiers and civilian staff in the Academy to remain vigilant because the fight against insecurity must be a collective effort. The COAS avowed that no matter how long it takes, the perpetrators of this heinous act would be brought to justice. He urged the Commandant not to be deterred, but to remain focus on the good job he is doing in the Academy. The COAS also undertook an on-the-spot assessment of the scene of the incident before departing the Academy,” the COAS added.
In his welcome address, the Commandant NDA briefed the COAS on the security breach into the Academy.
According to Jajira, “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. He particularly thanked the COAS for upgrading the Academy Demonstration battalion to a full-fledged battalion, provision of six gun trucks to the Academy, posting in of more instructors and staff, and the provision of other numerous operational enablers to enhance the security of the Academy and its environs.”