The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has trained 35 special female squad to tackle rape, human trafficking, kidnapping and other crimes.
The Bauchi State Commandant of the corps, Nurudeen Abdullahi, who stated this in his welcome address at the graduation of members of the squad, said they started with only eight officers and later increased the number to 35.
He said: “The wisdom of the commandant general in tackling the kidnapping of students in some part of the country, abduction of women and children, rape and human trafficking which have become rampant in our society brought up the idea of training our female personnel to intervene in some of these issues.
“Our efforts to form the squad, we had a big challenge because the female officers hid themselves, and we had to start with only eight officers. Later, they began to join and today, we are passing out 35 female officers. I commend the initiative of the instructors who made the training interesting which motivated other female officers to join the squad.”
He commended the state governor for his support to the security agencies and for creating the atmosphere in which security heads use their talents and experiences in tackling security challenges in the state.
Abdullahi, who congratulated members of the squad, charged them to ensure a crime-free state having been chosen and trained for a special task.
In her speech at the occasion, the Special Guest of Honour and state First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Mohammed, commended the NSCDC for the initiative which she said gave women the opportunity to contribute to national security.
Mohammed, represented by the Chairperson, Bauchi State Orphans and Vulnerable Children, who was represented by Yelwa Abubakar-Tafawa Balewa, noted that the idea showed that the corps was gender sensitive and the 30 per cent affirmative derivational principle of the women was accomplished.
She said, “The idea of training the special female squad was muted out of security challenges bordering the country most especially the kidnap of Chibok, Dapchi and a host of others, whose memories remain fresh in our minds. Therefore, the special female squad personnel were trained to be deployed to various schools in Bauchi State and other strategic places as being enjoyed in the FCT, Adamawa, Plateau among other states, to curtail the excesses of the ugly situation.”