The Nigerian Army has in a renewed move to secure the notorious Kaduna-Abuja highway deployed 100 female soldiers of the 1 Women Special Operation Battalion to man the federal trunk A road.
The women soldiers, who are part of Operation Thunder Strike will be complimented by another 200 soldiers as 300 soldiers are pencilled to participate in the operation.
Reports indicated that the female soldiers will also be used in strengthening other existing operations to rid the area of security threats.
Speaking at Kakau village along the highway where he received the 1st batch of 100 female soldiers of the 1 Women Special Operations Battalion Wednesday, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, commended the deployment by the Nigerian Army, which he said will boost the security situation along Kaduna-Abuja highway.
The highway has become a flash point as bandits and criminals have invaded it kidnapping travellers and motorists at will.
The governor expressed hope that, with the deployment of the female soldiers, the insecurity along the highway will soon be a thing of the past.
“The problem of Abuja-Kaduna road will be over with these female soldiers because what a man can do a woman can do better. We believe in the capability of women in this State.
“I am confident the road will be the safest in Nigeria with this deployment and we will do everything possible to make this operation comfortable.
“We are very happy to have you and I believe your presence will inspire other girls to join the military.
“That is why we have female deputy governor to inspire other women,” El-Rufai said.
The Deputy Governor, Dr Hadiza Balarabe charged the female soldiers to do their best to make sure everyone in the state and the state is safe.
Earlier, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division, Kaduna, Major-General Usman Mohammed acknowledged the support the Kaduna State Government has been providing to the military in its internal security operations.
Mohammed thanked Governor El-Rufai and his deputy for personally coming to receive the female troops.