Security Breach at NDA: Leaked Memo Suggests Bandits May Have Taken Advantage of Vulnerable Fence Areas

“It is strongly suggested that the security arrangements in NDA need total overhauling, this is with a view to averting future recurrence as monitoring continues,” the memo read.

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Nigerian Defence Academy, Zaria, foremost military academy; leaked memo points to loose barbwire fence as enabler

A leaked memo from Defence Headquarters, Abuja, Nigeria on the assessment of the kidnap incident at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) suggests  that the bandits may have gained access into the academy through a loose barbwire fence along the Kaduna International Airport road in Afaka

The Daily Trust newspaper reports that it obtained the leaked Defence Headquarters memo on Wednesday, August 25, and that the bushy areas around the officers’ quarters to the fence areas gave the bandits easy concealment to escape.

The leaked memo read, “Further assessment revealed that the bandit’s escape route leads across the Airport road to an open farm/bush area near Gidan Gado village in Afaka. The bandits are believed to have escaped either to Buruku and Maguzawa axis or the Riyawa axis in Igabi, which is a notorious bandits’ hideout.”

“Consequently, there is need for a robust clearance operation along those areas. Although there is a frantic joint effort by troops and other security forces in the state with a view to rescuing the kidnapped officer.”

“It is strongly suggested that the security arrangements in NDA need total overhauling, this is with a view to averting future recurrence as monitoring continues,” the leaked memo read.

The bandits had attacked the Nigerian Defence Academy around 1am on Monday August 23, and abducted one Major Dalong and killed two other officers before escaping.

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