The Nigerian Army has deployed 100 female soldiers of the 1 Women Special Operation Battalion to secure the Abuja-Kaduna highway.
The women soldiers will form part of Operation Thunder Strike.
It was further gathered that this is the first deployment as another set of 200 soldiers are expected, making a total of 300.
According to reports, the female soldiers are of the Women Corps. They are expected to complement Operation Thunder Strike. They are also epected to complement other existing operations along the highways and the environs.
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 governor expressed hope that, with the deployment of the female soldiers, the insecurity along the highways will soon be a thing of the past.
“The problem of Abuja-Kaduna road will be over with these female soldiers. This is because what a man can do a woman can do better.
“We believe in the capability of women in this State. Female Soldiers
“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 governors to inspire other women,” El-Rufai said.
Major-General Mohammed thanked Governor El-Rufai and his deputy for personally coming to receive the female troops.