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Bandit attack on NDA embarrassing – ACF

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Ibrahim Ramalan
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The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has condemned the attack on Nigerian Defence Academy, NDA, in Kaduna State, describing the incident as embarrassing.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that some gunmen had invaded the residential quatres of the NDA, killed two officers and abducted one other in the wee hours of Tuesday.

Releasing a statement on Tuesday, the spokesperson of forum, Emmanuel Yawe, lamented that it is embarrassing that “the factory where all Nigerian military officers are produced has been invaded and desecrated.”

“The ACF, first and foremost commiserates with the families of those who lost their lives during today’s (Tuesday) attack on the Nigerian Defence Academy.

“These gallant men have paid the supreme price for Nigeria, their motherland. We hope their sacrifices are not in vain.

“The Forum is praying that the abducted officer will be rescued and the criminals who abducted him brought to book,” Mr Yawe said.

The group lamented that the latest security breach was another embarrasment to the forum, saying: “The NDA is a proud monument of the efforts of the first generation of northerners who fought hard to bring development to the north; the likes of Muhammadu Ribadu, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and Sir Ahmadu Bello who brought the Institution to Kaduna.

“They did not bring it here for our generation to hand it over to bandits or whatever we call them.
“This is an institution that is not only a pride of the north but a pride of Nigeria. Many African countries train their military officers here”.

The ACF lamented that, “It is really sad that ordinary street bandits will invade a military institution of such high national and international repute, outwit the security system and men there, kill officers and take one away to an unkown destination.”

Mr Yawe stressed that, “the NDA is a proud reminder of the achievements of our fathers” and wondered why the present generation of northerners will seat and watch as these legacies are destroyed.

“We of the ACF have said it again and again that there is everything seriously wrong with the management of our security.

“The other day a Nigerian Airforce fighter aircraft was shot down by the so called bandits.

“Today the factory where all Nigerian military officers are produced has been invaded and desecrated.

“What else do we need to show that our national security system is running on reverse gear?, the forum asked.

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