Nigeria deploys all-female combatant squad to protect schools against abduction
London, June 8, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian government has commissioned an all-female combatant squad, as part of its ‘Safe Schools Initiative’.
The all-female combatant are members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC)
As part of their first assignment, they have been deployed to schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) , Nigeria’s seat of power and Katsina state, in the north-western geopolitical zone of Nigeria.
NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Dr Ahmed Audi, said the new squad (an all-female combatant) was established as a result of the unprovoked and mindless attacks on Nigerian schools by kidnappers and bandits, which has led to loss of lives and left gory images in its trail.
“That driving force and initiative brought about the establishment of the first set of all female combatant squads.
“This is in keeping to my belief that women can make and have been making valuable contributions to nation
According to the CG, with the recent Government proposed Safe School Initiative, the NSCDC made bold to express readiness to confront kidnapping and banditry activities, within and around school’s environment.
He said that the female squad was to complement the efforts of their male counterparts and work together with sister agencies.
“As we gather again today, I urge you to comply strictly with the rules of engagement, based on universal best practices in any security operation you may be involved in, either within or outside the nation.
“Officers and Men are also availed to training opportunities in the course of their career, to enhance their capacity to contribute to the Corps and nation at large, “he said.
He further urged all stakeholders partner with the Corps, in proactively implementing measures and undertaking actions that will neutralise any form of aggression and provide assurance of public safety. building”.